Eye Care Awareness Month has passed and with summer fast-approaching, it is a good idea to relook at ways to protect your biggest gift of all – eyesight.
Annual eye examination
Firstly, it’s important to get an eye examination annually. A lot of underlying health issues can put your eyes at risk, with diabetes being one of them.
At the annual eye exam, your optometrist will look at the general retinal health. Diabetic retinopathy can be picked up and a treatment plan can be put in place.
Avoid prolonged UV exposure
Another area to look at is prolonged ultraviolet (UV) exposure during the summer months. UV can cause conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. If you think sunglasses alone is enough to protect your eyes, think again.
Certain medications may make your body and eyes more sensitive to sun, so take the necessary precautions to protect them.
Buy 100% UV protective sunglasses
Always make sure the sunglasses you buy is 100% UV protective, and also covers your whole eye area. The bigger the better.
A great piece of advice we all know but seem to forget is to rather stay out of the direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm.
Things to remember
- Eye protection is very important all year long.
- Early detection can save your vision.
- Prevention is always better than a cure.