Maintaining Healthy Vision

Maintaining Healthy Vision

The most important key to maintaining healthy eyes is to maintain a healthy self.

Excellent screening and management for common conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and autoimmune disorders can go a long way to preserve and protect vision. Yearly visits with an eye care provider to screen for hidden signs of glaucoma can also be quite beneficial.

The simplest thing you can do to take care of your eyes is to wear eye protection when working around the house, in the yard or in the garage. Something as simple as putting on sunglasses or clear safety glasses before working (or even while playing on a boat, motorcycle or ATV) is as helpful as buckling your seatbelt before heading to the store.

Anyone with difficulty seeing either at near or distance should see an optometrist for an evaluation. A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration also warrants an annual exam, as these are conditions that are frequently passed on, just like hair color or freckles. The eyes begin changing significantly at age 45, so anyone 45 years or older should be seeing a primary eye care provider.

Working with a patient’s family doctor, internist or pediatrician is a key part of any eye doctor’s job. Open and amiable communication between your health care providers ensures the best possible care for your eyes.

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Russell Fry II, MD

Dr. Fry is a board-certified ophthalmologist with Marshall Eye Surgeons and an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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