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How to Protect Your Eyes and Prevent an Eye Emergency

construction worker wearing safety glasses to protect eyes

Your eyes need to last a lifetime. Therefore, it’s important to protect them. Here are a handful of tips to protect your eyes from injuries or situations that can cause the need for emergency eye care.

1. Wear sunglasses

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause keratitis, similar to sunburning the front surface of your eyes. Lifetime exposure to UV will also increase the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancers of the eyes and eyelids. When you’re outdoors, especially in bright sunlight (even in the winter!), wear sunglasses that provide 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection.

2. Use eye protection

If you’re involved in activities that pose a risk to your eyes, such as construction work, sports or home improvement projects, wear safety goggles or glasses. This will protect your eyes from flying debris, chemicals or any other potential hazards.

3. Limit screen time

If you spend long hours working on a computer or doing close-up work, give your eyes regular breaks to prevent eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

4. Stay hydrated

Drinking an adequate amount of water is essential for maintaining overall health, including your eye health. Prolonged dehydration can increase the risk of eye infections, corneal damage and even vision problems.

5. Eat eye-healthy foods

Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids promotes good eye health and reduces the risk of developing various eye conditions. Foods like carrots, leafy greens, fish and citrus fruits contain nutrients that are beneficial for your eyes.

6. Limit alcohol consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption can have negative effects on your eye health. It can lead to eyesight issues, such as blurry vision, difficulty focusing and even alcohol-induced optic neuropathy. It's important to drink alcohol in moderation and follow recommended guidelines for safe consumption.

7. Quit smoking

Smoking has detrimental effects on your overall health, including your eye health. Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage. Quitting smoking or avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke can significantly reduce these risks.

8. Schedule regular eye exams

Experts recommend having a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years. Visiting an optometrist regularly ensures vision problems are detected and addressed early to prevent potential complications. At Optometrists’ Clinic Inc., we offer comprehensive eye exams to ensure your vision is clear. We also offer emergency services during office hours for eye injuries, infections, etc. These visits are covered by Alberta Health Care.

Emergency Eye Care Services in the Greater Edmonton Area

At Optometrists’ Clinic Inc., our team provides immediate and comprehensive emergency eye care services. Whether you're experiencing sudden vision loss, eye pain or trauma, we’re here to help. We’ll swiftly diagnose and treat your condition to ensure the best possible outcome. We also carry a wide range of eyeglasses, contact lenses and eyecare solutions. Contact us today for more information.


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