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Eye health

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Keeping your eyes healthy can help reduce the risk of developing an eye disease. Here’s some tips for what you can do. 

  1. Get your eyes checked

    Your eyes need regular checkups, too. 

    There may be no symptoms with serious eye conditions like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Other conditions, like diabetic retinopathy, can progress rapidly if left untreated. Early detection ensures prompt diagnosis and treatment.

    Tip: Book a regular eye exam at least once every two years with an optometrist in your area.
     
  2. Protect your eyes from the sun

    Exposure to sunlight is associated with a higher risk of developing AMD and cataracts. Wearing a hat with a brim and choosing sunglasses that provide at least 98% protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays can keep your eyes safe. 

    Tip: Check the tag for the UV rating before you buy your sunglasses.
     
  3. Eat well and exercise

    Eat your veggies. A diet high in fats and low in nutrients may increase the risk of developing AMD.

    Increase your intake of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, fresh fruit and dark green, leafy vegetables to get nutrients and antioxidants that help keep your eyes healthy.

    Tip: Keep active. Excess weight, a sedentary lifestyle and high blood pressure are all risk factors for AMD and diabetic retinopathy.
     
  4. Stop smoking

    People who smoke are three to four times more likely to develop AMD.

    Tip: Need another reason to butt out? Smoking is the No. 1 cause of significant sight loss for people over 50 in Canada. 
     
  5. Think eye safety

    When playing sports or working with power tools, protect your eyes with Canadian Standards Association-approved safety glasses or goggles.

    Tip: You don't need a prescription for them and most hardware and sporting-goods stores carry a good selection.