You might have heard the phrase, The eyes are the windows to your soul. Your eyes play such an important role, not only allowing you to see the world around you but also providing clues about your overall health and wellness.

We should all do what we can to protect our eye health, particularly as we age. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville wants to share some insight into eye health and how to improve it.

What Are the Most Common Eye Issues?

There are a number of eye disorders that can happen throughout your lifetime. However, it is important to know that eye disease doesn’t have to be a normal part of aging. It is important to take steps to protect your eye health, as well as getting regular eye exams.

The main types of eye disorders include glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.

Signs of an Eye Problem

  • Sudden onset of many spots and floaters in your field of vision
  • A sensation that a dark curtain has settled across your field of view
  • Sudden eye pain and/or redness
  • Sudden blind spot in one eye
  • Poor night vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Less vivid color vision

What Steps Can You Take to Prevent Seasonal Allergies?

While seasonal allergies are a less severe problem impacting the eyes, they are no less annoying! Itchy, watery eyes are one of the main symptoms of allergies, especially around this time of year.

In order to reduce eye issues due to allergies, it is important to do what you can to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergy triggers, such as staying indoors on high pollen days and removing your clothes and showering when you are inside for the night.

Ways to Improve Eye Health

  • Follow a balanced diet.
  • Get enough exercise.
  • Make sure to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face as much as possible.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection.

Feeling under the weather? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment necessary.