Tips For Managing Your Eye Disease
According to the National Institute of Health, over half of Americans aged 65 and older suffer from some form of doctor-diagnosed eye disease. The two most common chronic conditions are cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you have been diagnosed with an eye disease, there are things you can do to help manage your condition and protect your vision. Dr. Cheng and our team at Today’s Vision in Frisco have gathered a few tips you can use to manage your eye disease.
1. See Your Optometrist Regularly
Even if you don't think you need an eye exam, it is important to see your eye doctor at least once a year – especially if you have been diagnosed with an eye disease. Your optometrist can monitor the progression of the disease and make recommendations for treatment or corrective measures. Even without an eye disease, you need a regular eye exam and screening for diagnosis and eye disease treatment. Additionally, many insurance plans cover annual comprehensive eye exams, so there is no excuse not to go.
2. Practice Healthy Habits
Certain lifestyle choices can help reduce your risk of developing or worsening existing eye disease. Eating a diet rich in leafy greens, nuts, and fish is good for your eyesight. Exercise has also been shown to be beneficial. Quitting smoking is also quite beneficial. Smoking damages the blood vessels throughout your body, including those in your eyes. If you currently smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your overall health – including your vision.
3. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
Wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors can help protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. UV radiation is a known risk factor for cataracts and AMD. Wearing sunglasses will also help reduce glare, which can be irritating if you have these conditions. Be sure to choose sunglasses that block out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Contact Us for Comprehensive Eye Disease Management
Eye diseases are quite common among adults aged 65 and older, but some things can be done to help manage these conditions. At Today’s Vision, Dr. Cheng provides quality eye care for our patients in and around Aubrey, Salina, Crossroads, Little Elm, Prosper, and Frisco, TX. We offer a wide array of services from diagnosis to screening, treatments, and management. Call our team today at (972) 954-5488 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.