Why vision care matters
Taking care of your vision and eyesight can have impacts beyond your eye health, too. Your mobility, education, ability to drive a car—all these things can be influenced by your vision.
Having poor ocular health can be scary. Studies have shown that we find the loss of eyesight to be the worst physical ailment that could possibly happen to us, relative to losing memory, speech, hearing, or a limb.2
The good news is that half of all causes of blindness can be prevented.3
What’s more, regular eye exams can detect high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol.4 When you catch it early, you can start treatment earlier.
Even if you don’t have any known vision problems, you should get your eyes checked as often as your doctor recommends. And you help can keep your eyes healthy at home by:5
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet
- Wearing sunglasses outside to avoid damage
- Knowing your family medical history (some eye diseases run in families)
- Get regular exercise
- Avoid smoking, which increases the risk of age-related eye diseases