Did you know that while you may be an adult in your 20s or 30s your eyesight is still developing? You might have been gifted with perfect sight when you were little, but over time you noticed it isn’t quite what it used to be. Or, you may have worn glasses when you were in school, but you’ve grown out of your bad eyesight.
This is because according to a new study, your brain’s primary visual cortex continues to develop for nearly 40 years. Therefore, it is vitally important to continue taking care of your eyes before development stops.
Here are some great eye care habits to get into to protect your future eyesight:
Eye Care Habit #1: Check in Regularly
Regular eye exams allow your preferred We Are Eyes’ eye doctor in Boca Raton to monitor your eyes for changes or irregularities. During your visit, we let you know if you need a stronger prescription lens, as well as diagnose eye conditions such as amblyopia. Better known as lazy eye, amblyopia is a condition that was previously only treated in children. Now that we know gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate proteins are developing into adulthood, it is treatable later in life.
Eye Care Habit #2: Eat for Your Eyes
You can help prevent eye conditions such as macular degeneration by eating a diet that is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that come from eating leafy greens like kale and romaine. Eat your citrus fruits for your daily supply of vitamin C, and a handful of almonds for about half your daily dose of vitamin E. Good fatty acids come from fish like tuna or salmon, which your retinas need to prevent dry eye.
Eye Care Habit #3: Go to Sleep
Around 30% of working Americans receive less than six hours per night. Not only is sleep important for your brain and digestive system, your eyes require at least five hours of sleep in order to properly replenish. Any less than that and you may wind up with involuntary eye twitches. Myokymia (eye twitches), dry eyes, or popped blood vessels may occur due to eye strain from tired eyes.
Eye Care Habit #4: Shade Your Gaze
Sun damage to the eyes is the main cause of 1 in every 5 cases of cataracts. Wear UV blocking contact lenses or sunglasses marked at least UV400. Large, wraparound lenses help prevent sun-damage induced eye issues later in life.
Our Family Eye Doctor in Boca Raton Treats You as You and Your Eyes Mature
Whether you’re in your twenties, thirties, or have a few more years experience, we’d love to be your eye care provider. We care for the whole family, treating patients from preschoolers to seniors. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Erin Weston, eye doctor in Boca Raton, please call us at (561) 912-3211.