Your eyes are an important part of your health. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes and seeing your best.
- Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.“You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be certain. Common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages,” says Ashley Huynh, O.D., an optometrist at Kelsey-Seybold’s Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center.
During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye doctor places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light into the eye – the same way an open door lets more light into a dark room. This allows the doctor to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease.
- Eat right to protect your sight.“A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Research also has shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut,” says Dr. Huynh.
- Maintain a healthy weight.“Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss,” says Dr. Huynh.
- Wear the right kind of shades.“The most important job for sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing, select sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation,” reminds Dr. Huynh.
- Clean contact lenses properly.“To help avoid the risk of infection, wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or removing contact lenses. Always disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate,” Dr. Huynh says.
- Practice workplace eye safety. “When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, wear the appropriate type at all times,” Dr. Huynh advises.
- Quit smoking or never start.“Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which could lead to blindness,” cautions Dr. Huynh.
Dr. Huynh’s clinical interests are ocular disease and management, including but not limited to glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. To schedule an eye exam with her, call 713-442-0000.