The retina is the layer of cells at the back of the eye. It plays an important role in vision. The retina senses incoming light and converts the light to electrical signals that are sent to your brain, which creates the images that you see. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision.
Unfortunately, there are a number of diseases and disorders that can affect the retina and impact vision. Many of these diseases can cause vision loss and may even lead to blindness. While not all retinal issues are preventable, you can take steps to keep your retina healthy. Here, the eye experts at InVision Eye Care Specialists discuss five habits for maintaining a healthy retina.
Regular Retinal Examinations
One of the best habits that can help your eyes is regular eye exams. Regular eye exams are important to overall eye health. An important part of your eye exam is the retinal examination. During the retinal examination the eye doctor examines the back of your eye, including your retina. This is typically done by first administering eye drops which dilate your pupils. After your pupils are dilated, your doctor will examine your eyes in greater detail.
A retinal examination can provide early detection of issues that may impact your eye health and vision. If you live in Ocean County or Monmouth County, New Jersey, you should contact InVision Eye Care Specialists in Lakewood, NJ to schedule your eye exam.
Live Smoke Free
You probably know that smoking is bad for your health. Did you know smoking is even bad for your eye health? Smoking increases your risk for developing countless eye disorders, including those affecting your retina, that can lead to vision loss and even blindness. Living smoke free is one of the best ways to preserve the health of your retina.
Protect Your Eyes
Trauma, foreign objects and even ultraviolet rays can harm your retina. You should get in the habit of protecting your eyes. Use protective eyewear when your eyes are at risk of being exposed to physical trauma and/or foreign objects such as when playing sports or doing tasks around the house and yard. When you are outside or driving in your car you should wear sunglasses that offer protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
Manage Your Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels
Certain conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can impact your retina. Managing these conditions is one of the best ways to preserve your health, including the health of your retina.
Make Healthy Choices
The sooner you start making healthy choices, the sooner your healthy choices will help you maintain a healthy retina. Healthy choices include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating nutritious foods.
Schedule Your Eye Exam Today
Regular eye exams are important to your retina health. Please call (732) 607-8515 to schedule your eye exam with one of the many talented eye doctors at InVision Eye Care Specialists in Lakewood, NJ. We welcome patients from Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey.