6 Ways to Protect Your Eyes and Maintain Good VisionRegular eye checkups from an ophthalmologist or optometrist are important. They should be done once a year if you are over age 65. Your doctor will recommend earlier and more frequent exams if you have diabetes or if you are already showing early signs of eye problems from diabetes, high blood pressure, or other causes. These important steps can help prevent eye and vision problems:
Wear Protective Sunglasses
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You want to protect your eyes from the sun much like you would protect your skin from the sun with SPF and UV protection. The sun's damaging rays can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration over time if they aren't protected with sunglasses. This is because UV bands of light from the sun penetrate the retina leading to eye damage. When selecting protective sunglasses avoid ones that are marked as cosmetic and select ones that are designated as having 99% or 100% UV protection.