Protecting Your Eyesight

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We take good eyesight for granteduntil something goes wrong with it. Dr. Edward Hill provides some helpful tips on maintaining good eyesight in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Good eyesight plays an important role in your everyday function and the enjoyment of life. Many problems affecting vision can be prevented. It is important to follow these basic steps to keep your eyes seeing clearly.

Visit your eye doctor. You should have a yearly eye exam. See your eye specialist immediately if you develop problems such as: eye infections; blurred vision; light flashes; eye pain; or redness, itching, and swelling around the eye or eyelid.

Practice disease prevention. Disease of the eye is the number one cause of blindness. Most diseases that cause blindness, like glaucoma and diabetes, can be treated or their progression slowed down with the proper diagnosis and management.

Protect your eyes from the sun. Constant exposure to ultraviolet light can damage your eyes. Wear UV protective sunglasses to prevent damage from harmful UV rays.

Wear protective eyewear during work and sporting events. This lowers your risk for eye injury, impaired vision and complete loss of sight.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.