Can visual impairments be prevented?

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Some visual impairments are due to genetics or age and are unpreventable. But there are ways to reduce your risk of developing an impairment. Wear sunglasses while out in the sun, especially when you are out in it for prolonged periods of time. Wear protective eyewear like goggles to reduce the risk of injury to your eyes when you engage in sports or other risky activity. See your doctor regularly for eye checkups. Maintaining proper weight and reducing your blood pressure can also aid in your overall health, including eye health.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.
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