6 Tips to Protect Your Eyesight

Eyesight is vital to everyday life. You use your eyes almost every second of every single day. One third of all Americans will suffer from a vision-impairing eye disease by age 65. The American of Academy of Ophthalmology says approximately 43 million Americans will develop-aged related eye disease by 2020.


Here are some helpful tips to protect your eyes:

  1. Lace 'em Up: Did you know even simple exercise can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent?Know your risk. Check your family history. Diabetes or high blood pressure are factors in eye health and can lead to diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

  2. Pay attention to vision changes. It seems like common sense but don’t ignore hazy vision, double vision or difficulty seeing in low lights.

  3. Wear sunglasses. Not just because they look cool but that is the best way to protect yourself from the sun's powerful UV rays.

  4. Exercise. Even just the basics. Some studies claim even simple exercise like walking can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent.

  5. Don’t smoke. If you smoke you are at a greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

  6. Get your eyes checked every two years. A comprehensive eye exam can detect early signs of eye disease. Also, it’s important to use those appointments to make sure your eyeglasses or contact lenses are up to date.

Courtesy: American of Academy of Ophthalmology.


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Saving Sight Symposium


The UW Ophthalmology department supports these guidelines and is offering a free educational program on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center. The Saving Sight Symposium will talk about the latest advances in macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, the two leading cause of blindness in the country. Exhibits will feature the latest video magnifiers, computer aids and other resources. The event is free but you must pre-register by Friday, October 3.


To register online go to www.wcblind.org or by calling toll-free (800) 783-5213.