To say your eyesight is important is an understatement. That is why it is important to properly take care of your eyes. There are many choices you make every day that can affect your eyesight.

Protecting your eyes starts with the food you eat. Studies have shown that vitamins and nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying. Studies show that the more times you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed.

If you work with hazardous or airborne materials at work or home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time. Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection such as sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses to shield your eyes. Regular use of eye protection can prevent up to 90% of direct injuries.

Everyone should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and make sure that you are seeing your best. Eye exams can also find eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases in their early stages, when they’re easier to treat. Kianoush Kian, MD provides care and treatment for a range of ophthalmic needs including cataract surgery, retinal disorders, glaucoma, corneal disorders, LASIK, and refractive surgery. He also preforms routine vision exams and has an optical team for glasses or customized contact lenses.