Wear protective glasses when you are working with tools. Always wear protective goggles when woodworking, shaping metal or working in construction to minimize the risk of debris going into your eyes.
Always wear protective glasses when working with chemicals. This isn’t limited to working in the lab with sulfuric acid. Wear goggles so that a splash of paint thinner won’t blind you, and so that heavy fumes are less likely to cause eye irritation.
f your hands are not clean, don’t rub your eyes. You risk introducing bacteria into your eyes. If you develop an eye infection, always seek medical attention.
Wear protective goggles when you are playing sports that pose a danger to your eyes. While racquetball goggles aren’t cool, neither is the damage caused by a racquetball going into your eyes.
If one eye is irritated and infected, don’t rub that eye and then rub the other eye. You’ll spread the infection.
Regularly soak your contact lenses in solution to sterilize them. Never wear the contact lenses longer than recommended or wear them when you have an eye infection. If you have developed an eye infection while wearing the contact lenses, talk to a Calgary optometrist to reduce the risk of long term damage to your eyes.
When your child has pink eye or conjunctivitis, wash your own hands thoroughly every time you care for the child. This will reduce the risk of spreading it to your other children or infecting yourself.
Wear sunglasses that block UV light, and consider getting eyeglasses with a UV resistant coating. This reduces the risk of cataracts forming with age, as well as the deterioration of the macula.
Eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants. While vitamin A deficits that cause night blindness are rare in the developed world, poor nutrition can worsen the effects of common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts and macular degeneration.
If you have been diagnosed with a condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory problems or high cholesterol, schedule an eye exam to see what impact this has had on your vision and get a professional opinion on how to protect your vision.
If your eyes are dry, consider using eye drops to relieve the condition or use allergy medication if the dry eyes are a side effect of hay fever. If you have used over the counter remedies for an extended period of time, talk to a professional at a Calgary optometry practice for a better solution. For example, your dry eyes may actually be due to the tear ducts drying up with age, not a never-ending case of allergies.