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How can I prevent my vision from getting worse?

Vision is the most important sense any of us possesses. It is heartbreaking to know that your vision could be getting worse while you are powerless to stop it.


Fortunately, there are ways you can help prevent this decline. Our job as your optometrist in Langley is to make sure you can keep your vision intact for years to come. Our latest blog outlines a few ways you can help to preserve your vision.

A woman is preparing to wear her contact lenses

Rest Your Eyes

No, this doesn’t mean “have a nap”. If you spend a lot of time looking at screens or just focusing on a single thing, you can forget to blink, which leads to your eyes becoming fatigued.

A common rule of thumb is the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This quick and easy exercise can help reduce eye strain.


Be Cool – Wear Shades

Sunglasses are more than just a great fashion accessory – they also protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. When choosing sunglasses, make sure to find ones that block out 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.


Wash Your Hands and Contact Lenses

Washing your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out contact lenses can help avoid infection. You should also make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them when appropriate. There are many ways you can keep your eyes healthy when wearing contacts.


Eat Right and Save Your Sight

You may have heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables – especially dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, or collard greens – is just as good for your eyes. Research has also shown that eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, tuna, and halibut – can also provide ocular benefits.


Schedule an Eye Exam

It is important to have regular appointments with your optometrist to maintain good eye health and prevent any potential vision problems.


An optometrist can spot any potential issues before they turn into major problems and can provide correction. Ideally, you should have an eye exam once every two years.


It’s also essential to have children’s eye exams from a very young age – as young as six months. That provides an early diagnosis of any vision problems.


Know Your Eye Health History

Learning about your family’s eye health history can be vital. If there is a history of eye diseases or conditions, knowing more about them can help determine your risk level for developing the same eye diseases or conditions.


Schedule Your Eye Exam in Langley Today

At Langley Optometry, we are committed to ensuring you get the most out of your eyes. Whether you have perfect vision or wear glasses, you can rely on us to give you a thorough exam and all the support you need.


Schedule an eye exam with us in Langley today. You can start from home by completing our pre-examination form for your visit.


We enjoy looking after your eyes!


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