It’s Save Your Vision Month, and you can protect your vision in your day-to-day life. Between 8.2 and 15.9 million people’s vision issues are from a correctable problem that could be treated by your eye doctor, so your first priority to save your vision is regular eye checkups.
Smoking is an irritant to your eyes, but it’s also a major risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), plus it’s a leading cause of preventable diseases. Quit smoking now.
Diabetes can take a toll on your vision. Learn more about diabetic eye disease and how you can protect your eyes.
Eye infections from handling your contact lenses incorrectly can cause real damage. Make sure you know how to handle contacts safely.
If you work in a manufacturing or trade field, it can be extremely important to cover your eyes with appropriate eye gear, like goggles or a mask. Even when working on home improvements or in the yard, it can be a good idea to wear protective eye gear for tasks, like trimming tree branches.
With the rise of technical jobs and computers on every desk, eye strain has increased, causing dry eyes and blurry vision. People frequently blink less looking at their computer. Keep eyedrops or a humidifier handy in your work area to avoid dry eyes.
You might not be able to cut back screen use at work or home, but changing the lighting to use less blue light in the evenings or wearing new special eye glasses that filter blue light can help you avoid eye strain and sleep better.