At an early age, we learn how important it is to maintain our dental health by brushing our teeth after meals and flossing daily. As we get older, our moms remind us to bundle up when it’s cold outside so that we don’t catch a cold. We learn to maintain a healthy weight to prevent various chronic diseases and we are taught to maintain our heart health with a balanced diet and plenty of exercise.
What we don’t learn until it’s often too late, is how to maintain our eye health. Even those of us who wear glasses or contact lenses don’t’ often think about what it would be like to see things blurred, be sensitive to light or to no longer be able to see color—the things that you’d experience if you had cataracts. Nor do we consider what it would be like if we lost our central vision, which, along with a loss of the ability to see color, is what happens to those with age-related macular degeneration.
In the same way that you take action to protect the health of your heart or keep cavities at bay, you can also protect the health of your eyes. Whether it’s by putting on a hat and sunglasses in the sun, eating a healthy diet, taking frequent breaks from your computer screen or quitting smoking, you can maintain healthy vision and prevent health related eye diseases. This website will help you learn more about healthy vision, the risk factors for age-related eye disease, what you can do to protect your vision and how nutrition can give you a fresh perspective on eye health.