Welcome back to the Crescent Eye Care blog! If you’re just joining us, we have been looking at ways you can improve your eye and vision health by practicing healthy habits every day. Be sure to read parts one, two, and three along with today’s conclusion to our blog series. As your trusted Charleston eye care team, we are devoted to offering our patients insights for protecting the health of their eyes to ensure their eyes healthy and their vision sharp. Making small changes to your daily routines and practicing mindfulness are excellent ways to care for your eyes at home, at school, at work, and on the go. Here are three more healthy habits to consider for everyday eye care. Need a comprehensive eye exam? Crescent Eye Care in Charleston is just a call away. Call our team to schedule a routine eye exam today!

Quit Smoking

Smoking cigarettes is damaging to your health on many different levels. But did you know smoking can negatively affect your eye health? Smoking can cause macular degeneration, which is the deterioration of the retina. While this is a common age-related symptom, smoking cigarettes can lead to early onset of macular degeneration that affects your vision. While there are treatments such as laser therapy, nutritional supplements, prescription medications, and the use of visual aids, there is no cure for macular degeneration. Smoking can also cause cataracts, which commonly develops with age. While cataracts are generally painless, the progressive clouding of the internal eye lens can partially impair your vision. This condition can also cause blindness over time. If you don’t already have enough reasons to quit smoking, here’s one more. Nobody wants to lose their vision, and kicking this habit can help your eyes stay healthier, longer.   

Use Caution When Wearing Eye Makeup

Eye makeup can enhance the natural beauty of your facial features. It can also lead to eye and vision damage when not applied or used correctly. Always wash your hands before applying makeup to avoid transferring bacteria to your eyes. Don’t use expired makeup products and never share makeup with others. One thing you should always do is to remove your eye makeup before going to sleep. This will prevent makeup from getting into your eyes where it might cause irritation or scratch your cornea, leading to a corneal abrasion that can be painful and uncomfortable. Stay tuned for an upcoming article where we will explore the dangers of applying eye makeup improperly, and how doing so can negatively affect your eyes and vision.    

Visit Your Eye Doctor

Maintaining regular visits to your local eye doctor is a healthy habit that everyone should practice. Whether you’re a child or a senior, eye exams can help protect the health of your eyes and help maintain sharp vision. When you come to Crescent Eye Care in Charleston, we offer a number of eye and vision care services including comprehensive eye health exams. We recommend people of all ages have a comprehensive eye exam where your eye doctor can check and detect such eye diseases as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye diseases. Early detection and diagnosis allows your eye doctor to formulate a plan for addressing and managing these eye problems to maintain your eyesight for years to come.

Follow this link to contact your Charleston eye care specialists today to arrange and eye exam for the whole family, and always try to practice healthy habits to ensure your eyes stay in good health and your vision remains sharp and clear. Until next time, thank you for reading this four-part blog series.