There is nothing more important than the health of you and your family, and undoubtedly one of the most vital assets to protect is your vision. Knowing your family eye health history, committing to regular eye exams, and maintaining healthy habits are just a few of the essential best practices that our on-site optometrists at Cohen’s Fashion Optical recommend all families live by. Here’s a look at how you can ensure healthy eyes for every member of your family.
Know Your Family History
In any aspect of health, genetics always play a role, and the same can be said when it comes to eye health and your family history. If you or your relatives have a history of eye problems or diseases, it is absolutely necessary to make your optometrist aware. That’s because a fair number of hereditary eye conditions show no warning signs for the majority of one’s life, and some diseases may never have noticeable symptoms at all.
With that being said, some genetic eye diseases carry a higher risk to you and your family than others. For instance, the Glaucoma Research Foundation has stated that a family history of glaucoma means you and your children are four to nine times more likely to develop the condition. And research has concluded that your risk for age-related macular degeneration increases by 50 percent if it runs in your family. But if your eye doctor is aware of your family history, everyone can be monitored more often to ensure your eyes are in good health.
Stick to Regular Eye Exams
Just as it’s vital to know your family eye health history, it’s just as important to ensure you and your family receive regular eye exams. At Cohen’s Fashion Optical, we believe the foundation to lifelong healthy eyes begins with routine comprehensive eye exams, in which we dilate your eyes to examine your pupil and behind your eyes. This allows us to detect any warning signs of potential eye diseases, as well as test your vision and determine whether you require prescription lenses or contacts.
Practice Healthy Habits
Last but not least, living a healthy lifestyle diminishes your risk of certain eye conditions, and educating your family on the importance of wellness habits will pay off in the long run. Some of the best practices our on-site eye doctors recommend to our patients include:
- Keeping your hands clean
- Eating a nutritious diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Staying physically active to achieve or remain at an ideal weight
- Resting your eyes often, especially when working with screens that emit blue light
- Quitting smoking, which is linked to conditions that lead to blindness
Trust Your Family’s Eye Health to Cohen’s
If you’re not sure where to turn when you have concerns over your family’s eye health or require an eye exam, look no further than Cohen’s Fashion Optical. We’ll ensure you receive a comprehensive eye exam and the care you need for any of your conditions. You’ll also enjoy selecting glasses from over 20 of the top eyewear brands that are loved by all ages internationally. To find out more about keeping your family’s vision healthy, schedule an appointment at any Cohen’s Fashion Optical location today.