No one wants to have eye problems, but they can pop up on you before you know it. Glaucoma is a condition that can cause blindness or significant vision issues. However, it can be prevented if it is detected in the earlier stages. Vision loss is silent, slow, and progressive so it is hard to notice. It typically shows up in peripheral vision first, but there are plenty of things you can do in order to prevent glaucoma from taking over your vision in a negative way.
Get Regular Eye Exams
The biggest and the best thing you can do to prevent eye issues of any kind, including glaucoma, is to get regular eye exams. Early detection and lifelong treatment can maintain your vision in the best possible manner. You should get glaucoma checks every two to four years if you are younger than the age of 40. When you hit 40 and until you are 55, you should get checked up every one to three years. After the age of 55, you should get checked up every year or every other year. And then once you turn 65, you should get checked up every six months to a year. If you have risk factors, you should get checked every year or two, no matter what your age is. If you have a family history of glaucoma, for example, or if you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk.
Exercise Can Benefit The Eyes
You know exercising regularly benefits your body and your health as a whole. But did you know it can also benefit your eyes? Moderate exercise every week, three or more times, can benefit your eyes and increase the likelihood of health in that area. If you have specific questions about what exercises are the best for glaucoma prevention, talk to your doctor. Exercise can reduce elevated intraocular pressure, which damages the optic nerve.
Protect Your Vision Every Chance You Get
It is also important to protect your eyes around every corner. If you engage in sports, wear protective eyewear. If you enjoy home improvement projects, cover them up as well. Protect your eyes from the bright sun rays, too. Eye injuries can result in secondary or traumatic glaucoma so you can prevent glaucoma of that kind by shielding your eyes and avoiding accidents.
Early Detection Prevents Glaucoma Damage
While you can’t completely prevent glaucoma from occurring, you can stop its effects on your eyes. The one and only way to do that is by getting an early diagnosis. Be vigilant about getting your eye exams on a regular basis so you can identify the ailment early and get the proper treatment for it before your vision is irreparably damaged. Your eyesight is one of your most important senses. You use it for everything on a daily basis. Losing it is devastating. Contact Redondo Optometry if you have questions about glaucoma or if you want to get in for your regular exam. Together, we’ll help your vision remain as crisp as possible.