Our eyes may not literally be a window to our soul however, they are important and as such, it is important that we do what we can to protect them for years to come. From eating right to wearing sunglasses, there are many little things and even big things that we can do to ensure the safety and health of our eyes. Every place we go throughout the year will pose new risks to our eyes. Do your part to protect your eyes by following these tips during your daily life.
- Throw away old eye makeup – Old eye makeup which is liquid can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Rather than risk introducing bacteria to your eyes, never share your eye makeup with others and always replace your eye makeup frequently.
- Understand your medications – You may not know it but there are many common and not so common medications which are known to have adverse effects on your vision. If you are prescribed a new medication, ask if there are any effects which it may have on your vision and if you notice any changes, contact your doctor right away.
- Understand your family history – Though each individual is unique, there are some eye issues for which may affect you more than others due to heredity. It is important that you know your family history so that you can inform your doctor and have your vision monitored correctly.
- Pay attention to your own health – Many conditions which may not be directly related to your eyes can have serious effects on your eyes later on. For example, if you have diabetes, and it is not properly controlled, it may reduce blood flow to your eyes making your vision worse. Other health issues such as high blood pressure and immune system disorders can also impact your vision as well.
- Use your contact lenses correctly – Millions of Americans wear contacts and have no problems every day however, misusing your contacts or not caring for them correctly can damage your eyes. Sleeping in contacts, using expired solutions or not thoroughly cleaning your lenses may make you more susceptible to pain, corneal ulcers or even vision loss.
- Get your eyes checked regularly – How often will depend on your age and any conditions you may have or may be prone too. Talk to your eye doctor and find out how often is right for you.
Alpine Eye Care offers skilled and dedicated service to residents of many Northern Michigan communities. Our offices in Grayling, Gaylord and Cheboygan and our experience and qualifications in not just basic eye care but also in ophthalmology makes us the right choice for all your eye care needs. If you are looking for an optometrist or an ophthalmologist in Northern Michigan, contact Alpine Eye Care today at 1-877-SEE-2020 or online here to set up an appointment.