How To Protect Your Eyes From Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is one disease that patients may fail to worry about until it's too late. With early prevention, it's possible to delay the symptoms or onset of glaucoma. Here are some ways to protect your eyes from this disease. 

Diet

Diet is another aspect of great eye care, and there are several foods that you can include in your diet to protect your vision. Foods that are high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and peppers, can help to keep your eyes healthy. Vitamin E is another important nutrient to consider, and you can find ample amounts in egg yolks, milk fat, and nuts. While it's a great idea to eat these eye-healthy foods no matter who you are, your optometrist may be especially likely to recommend these nutrients if you have a family history of eye disease. 

Take Steps to Keep Intraocular Pressure Low

One of the major complications that occurs in glaucoma is that intraocular pressure, or the pressure inside the eye, skyrockets. There are a few things that you can do in your daily life to keep intraocular pressure low. For instance, exercising regularly can help to regulate your eye pressure. You'll also want to avoid coffee and other caffeinated products, since even a single cup of coffee can cause your intraocular pressure to go up. 

Get Regular Checkups

One of the best ways to prevent a developed case of glaucoma is to get regular eye exams from your optometrist. Since the disease is degenerative, an early detection can help you stop the disease in its tracks. Your optometrist can quickly gauge the pressure in your eyes and detect the early forms of glaucoma. 

There are some standards that have been set by the Glaucoma Research Foundation for eye checkups, based on your age group. For instance, everyone should visit an optometrist for an eye exam at least once every 2 to 4 years up until the age of 40. Then, the standards for eye exams become more rigorous: people between the ages of 40 and 54 should visit an eye doctor every 1-3 years; from ages 55 to 64, the standard increases to every 1-2 years, and those 65 years or older should visit an optometrist every 6-12 months. 

In general, a good eye exam routine can get you thinking about the benefits of protective eye care and help you to adjust your lifestyle for healthier eyes. For more information, contact Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists at Zion Eye Institute or a similar location.

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