By the time you develop symptoms, chances are you already have irreversible eye damage. But you can often prevent eye problems and support long-term eye health with lifestyle changes and routine eye exams. Nicole Wellensiek, OD, and the team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, offer the comprehensive care you need to maintain optimal vision and avoid age-related eye disease. If you experience vision changes or eye symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online.
Your lifestyle affects your eye health, just like it influences the rest of your body. You can protect your eyes by:
Your eyes need all of the essential nutrients to stay healthy. However, vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin can help lower your risk for some eye diseases.
Exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight prevent chronic diseases that increase your risk of eye and vision problems.
Exposure to ultraviolet light significantly raises your risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
If your day includes long hours spent reading or looking at a computer, give your eyes a short break every 20 minutes and use good lighting. You should also limit the effect of damaging blue light by wearing protective glasses or keeping your computer monitor at least 20-24 inches from your eyes.
Whether at work, home, or when playing sports, wear the appropriate protective eyewear to prevent injuries.
Most adults have healthy eyes and good vision up until the age of 40. After 40, however, age-related changes increase your risk of developing problems such as:
Adults can also develop eye infections such as conjunctivitis and keratitis, which is an infection of the cornea.
The best way to prevent eye diseases and keep your eyes healthy is with routine eye exams. During your exam, your provider at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch performs comprehensive vision testing and a dilated eye exam to view the structures inside your eyes.
The dilated exam allows your provider to detect eye diseases at an early stage, while you can start treatment to slow down disease progression and protect your vision.
In addition to routine eye exams, get prompt care when you develop any symptoms or problems with your eyes, including:
To schedule an appointment, call Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch or use the online booking system.
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