There are many ways to help protect your vision and keep seeing the world sharp and clear. Eating healthy is one way to be proactive about your vision health. A diet full of dark, leafy greens and high in omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to help prevent macular degeneration. Taking the time to rest your eyes when working on a computer, even for just 20-seconds at a time can reduce eyestrain and headaches. But the number one way to protect your eyes is to get regular eye exams.

Visiting your local optometrist every year can help detect and treat slight changes in your vision, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and headaches to name a few. During your eye exam, the doctor will check your vision, diagnosis any correction needed, and do a dilated eye exam. This allows the eye doctor to understand how you are seeing and to look for any internal problems related to your eye health.

Diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and optic nerve abnormalities do not have warning signs and the only way to check to see if your eye is healthy is through dilation. Dilation forces the pupil of your eye to open wider than normal allowing the eye doctor to have a better field of view of the blood vessels and any contributing causes to abnormal vision.

An eye exam is an affordable, painless way to guarantee your vision is in pristine health and make any eye care changes needed to maintain your vision for years to come. Make your yearly appointment today.