5 Tips to Protect Your Vision

You use your eyesight every day to work, play and enjoy your life. Too often, people take their vision for granted until the day when something goes wrong. With just a little attention to your vision, you can protect your eyesight so it serves you for the rest of your life.

1. Get Regular Checkups

Your eye doctor is the best person to ensure your vision is as good as it can be for your age and condition. With regular eye exams, you can be screened for many preventable conditions that can cause serious threats to your vision such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Consult with your eye doctor for an exam schedule that’s suited for your needs.

2. Be Discerning About Eye Makeup

Eye makeup is absolutely fine to wear, but bad habits can threaten healthy vision. Wear quality eye makeup that won’t flake off into your eyes during the day. Wash off eye makeup before bed to minimize bacteria around the eyes. Be careful when wearing faux lashes and only use adhesives that are recommended for use near the eye.

3. Practice Good Contact Lens Hygiene

Contact lenses should always be worn and cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions. Avoid wearing daily lenses longer than their recommended usage. Clean your contact lens case regularly and always wash hands before handling your contact lenses.

4. Wear UV-rated Sunglasses

UV rays can be harmful to your eyes over time. When out in bright or glaring sunlight, wear UV-rated sunglasses instead of inexpensive sunglasses that don’t offer UV protection. Get prescription sunglasses if necessary or invest in a pair of clip-ons that fit over your regular eyeglasses.

5. Get Infections Professionally Treated

If you happen to get a cold with an eye infection or have any kind of unusual infection symptoms, get it treated right away. Certain kinds of eye infections only respond to medications. Never trust that an eye infection will go away on its own.

These five tips to protect your vision are recommended for adults of all ages Remember, your eye doctor is always the source of the best information about your eye health. If you have any questions, consult with your professional eye care provider.

 

Glaucoma

What are the Types of Glaucoma?

The Glaucoma Research Foundation tells us that more than three million Americans have glaucoma, but only half are aware they have it. Of the people who have glaucoma, at least 90% have open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma. However, there are other forms of the disease.

Open-Angle Glaucoma

When you have open-angle glaucoma, the angle where your cornea meets your iris is wide and open. However, you experience elevated intraocular pressure, or IOP, which damages the optic nerve over time. It’s typically a lifelong condition and progresses slowly. Because you may not notice any symptoms until you have considerable vision loss, this form of glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight”.

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

This is a less common type of glaucoma whereby blocked fluid drainage canals result in a rapid rise in eye pressure. With this form, your angle between your cornea and iris is narrow or closed. Angle-closure glaucoma also referred to as narrow-angle glaucoma, requires immediate medical care in order to prevent vision loss.

Normal-Tension Glaucoma (NTG)

In normal-tension glaucoma, your optic nerve is damaged despite not having very high intraocular eye pressure. Researchers and medical experts still are not certain as to why an individual’s optic nerve becomes damaged even if they have eye pressure levels that are normal or very near normal.

Congenital Glaucoma

This glaucoma form occurs in babies when the development of their eye’s drainage canals during their prenatal years is either incomplete or incorrect. Congenital glaucoma is rare and can be inherited. This form is treated with medications, microsurgery or other surgical procedures.

There are other less common forms of glaucoma, which are variations of open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.

Get Screened for Glaucoma

Although glaucoma cannot be cured as of today, the good news is that with proper use of medication (usually in the form of eye drops) and/or surgery, many individuals can halt or slow down their vision loss. That’s why it’s important to see your eye care professional for a glaucoma screening to catch and control glaucoma. Remember, if you have glaucoma in its earliest stage, you might not have any symptoms, so contact us here at Powers Eye Center today for a glaucoma screening. Call 719-598-5068 to schedule an appointment or complete our online form.

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Why Is It So Important to Wear Sunglasses During the Summer?

Sunglasses can help you look cool even when you feel like you’re melting, but not everyone realizes that they’re far more than an accessory. The sun may be one of the better sources for Vitamin D, but it comes with the drawback of some very harmful UV rays. Before you skip the shades or opt for your regular eyeglasses, consider how the summer heat can be murder on your eyes and why sunglasses are a good way to stop the damage before it starts.

Protecting Your Cornea and Retina

The cornea and retina function as a team: the retina allows you to see what’s in front of you and the cornea filters irritants to the retina that can distort or weaken your vision. But neither component is immune to the power of the summer sun. Your cornea can be sunburned, which will weaken its defenses and open your retina up to additional damage.

Sun damage to your retina may cause macular degeneration. (This common problem is the leading cause of vision loss in people aged 50 or older.) When you wear the right sunglasses, you keep harmful UV rays from ever reaching the most sensitive parts of your eye.

Disease Prevention

Sunglasses can be the key to reducing your risk for a variety of other conditions and may help prevent blindness or even death. For example, your eyelids are so thin and exposed that they’re a potential target for skin cancer — especially if you spend a lot of time outside. Skin cancer is not a localized condition and can spread quickly if you’re not careful.

Cataracts are typically linked to genetics, insulin imbalances, and medication use, but there is evidence that shows the sun may also be a contributing factor. When you can’t put sunscreen on, the next best thing is to slip on a pair of sunglasses.

A pair of drug-store glasses will never have the same benefits as those that were carefully engineered to block out the sizzling summer sun. If you have questions about the best sunglasses in the show, Powers Eye Center may be able to give you a push in the right direction.