Adult Vision-1Adult Vision: 19 to 40 Years

Adult Vision-1 FruitDuring this time frame it is fortunate that most of us enjoy good vision and healthy eyes. As with almost all areas of health care, the most important thing you can do is focus on prevention. Taking good care of your eyes along with the rest of your body will give you your best shot in reducing the chance of developing a sight threatening condition in the future.

  • First, good nutrition is key in prevention. Foods rich in antioxidants such as berries, fish, nuts, and green leafy vegetables are especially beneficial since antioxidants are vital in keeping the retina healthy. You should also incorporate a daily multivitamin containing vitamins A, C, and E. If you have a family history of eye disease particularly macular degeneration you may also want to incorporate a lutein and zeaxanthin supplement containing at least 10mg lutein and 2mg zeaxanthin. These are carotenoids found in high density in the retina that help fight oxidation and keep cells healthy.
  • Secondly avoid smoking. While there is no question smoking is harmful to the body, it can be particularly bad for the eyes. Smoking greatly increases your chance of developing macular degeneration and early cataracts.
  • Adult Vision-1 Contact LensThird, if you are a contact lens wearer, take care of your lenses. Contact lens abuse is one of the leading causes of sight threatening conditions in this age group. It can lead to severe bacterial infections and corneal ulcers. Some of these infections have the ability to perforate the cornea in as little as 48 hours leading to corneal transplantation. As you wear the same pair of lenses past the replacement date, deposits continue to build up on the surface increasing the likelihood of infection even if you are still cleaning the lenses. If you combine this with sleeping in the lens, the risk is greatly elevated. You only have one pair of eyes so this is not an area to try and stretch your lens supply to save money. Replace your lenses as directed. Follow proper cleaning and disinfecting methods and remember to clean or replace your case every three to six months. Have yearly examinations to ensure your lens is still fitting properly, you are seeing well, and your overall eye health is good. Even in non contact lens wearers or those who have had Lasik, periodic examinations are critical in maintain good eye health.
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