When you strive to have healthy eyes, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have to wear glasses or contacts at some point in your life. Maintaining good eye health is much more than that.
Having good ocular, or eye, health does mean having at least 20/20 vision and being disease free.
Your eyes play an important role in your daily mobility, functions, and quality of life. Some setbacks of bad vision are that you may not be able to drive, which hinders your ability to lead life to the fullest or accomplish simple tasks. Luckily, there are simple preventative measures you can take to ensure your eyesight remains sharp and your eyes do not suffer from eye diseases.
Regular check-ups with your family eye care provider is the first way to maintain good eye health.
Optometrists are specifically trained to determine and improve your visual acuity with the prescription of eyeglasses, contacts, or eye exercises. Ophthalmologists can provide total eye care and treat or diagnose any eye diseases before they threaten your vision. By checking in with your optometrist and ophthalmologist annually you can catch any issues before they result in changes to your vision.
If you require corrective lenses or practice disease prevention you can help treat serious conditions — such as macular degeneration or glaucoma — to preserve your eyesight.
By properly wearing your corrective lenses, you can also help improve your vision or ease any discomfort caused by your eye issues.
Lastly, in order to practice good ocular health, it is recommended you use the proper eyewear when you are out in the sunshine for any period of time, playing sports, or otherwise engaging in activity which could cause damage to your eyes. If you wear sunglasses or protective eyewear during these activities, you can ensure you have good eye health throughout your life.