Eye doctors won’t tell you everything about the prevention of vision loss at an appointment. There are many experts in this field, and here is what they advise.
#1. SUNGLASSES ARE IMPORTANT
We all know that when its summertime, we pack on the sunblock to protect our skin from UV radiation. But what about our eyes? The UV rays are just as damaging to the eyes as they are to our skin. Purchasing a good pair of high UV resistant sunglasses from an optometrist is vital. And you shouldn’t just wear them in summer, you should wear them every time you go outdoors. According to Stephen Cohen, past president of the Arizona Optometric Association, if wearing contacts you should ask for UV coating.
#2. KEEP YOUR EYEDROPS COOL
According to Janice Jurkus, OD, your eyedrops will sting less if you keep them in the fridge. Studies have shown that just like other medication, eyedrops lose their effectiveness when exposed above room temperature over long periods of time. Don’t keep them in the bathroom, where the temperature gets hot and humid.
#3. CONTACT LENSES CAN DAMAGE YOUR EYES
Contact lenses are a wonderful medical innovation and have helped millions see clearly. They are comfortable, breathable and wearable. There are however dangers of wearing them over a long time that can have an effect on your eyes.
Signs to look out for if you wear contact lenses are:
- Eye Pain
- Blurred Vision
- Light sensitivity
- Overgrown surrounding blood vessels
- Eye irritation
- Ulcers in the eyes
Eye doctors can help you if you are experiencing any of the above signs, please don’t ignore them.
#4. EYE DOCTORS WILL PUSH YOU TO GET SURGERY
DR. Robert Noecker told Readers Digest that there are eye doctors that will persuade you to undergo cataract surgery – even when it’s not necessary.
“Cataracts rarely hurt you – they just make it hard to see, like looking out of a dirty window”
#5. PATIENTS CHEAT THEIR EYE EXAMS
Why oh why would you want to waste your or your doctors time? It is seen too often where patients cheat their eye exams.
Doctor: “which one is clearer, one…or two?
Patient: “Er, which option won’t make you think I’m legally blind so I don’t have to give up my job as long-distance bus driver?”
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