Eyes (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
Prevention and Wellness
Vision is one of our most vital human functions—imagine a world in which it's difficult to see while you're driving, reading, or doing any other daily task. Taking precautions to protect your vision is essential. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association, early detection and treatment of many sight-threatening diseases may cure or slow the progression of vision loss.
Do not put off regular eye exams because your eyes feel fine or you don't wear glasses or contact lenses. Signs of some eye diseases, such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), are present before you might notice symptoms. Annual eye exams and visual screening tests can make the difference in catching an eye condition before vision loss progresses. Montefiore has six different eye care locations to meet all of your vision needs.
Protect Your Eyes
Take precautions to limit your risk of eye injury and damaged vision. During sports and recreational activities, be sure to use safety equipment, such as goggles, properly. Wear sunglasses, specifically a pair that blocks ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B and blue rays.
Live an Eye-Healthy Lifestyle
Taking care of your body generally, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, will increase your chances of maintaining healthy vision. Exercise and stay physically fit, as a number of disorders associated with obesity and being overweight—like diabetes and heart disease—can reduce blood flow to the macula, or the center of the retina at the back of the eye, which can cause problems with vision. Eat a diet rich in foods like kale, spinach, broccoli, fish and nuts, as those foods can help head off macular degeneration.