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Lifestyle Risk Factors

Protect your eyes from UV and blue light

Wear proper UV-protection sunglasses whenever you are outside and wear blue light protection inside if you are exposed to sources of blue light more than three hours per day. (We will want to include some links here)


Regular physical activity not only supports general health and well being, it also has been shown to reduce the risk for developing Age-related Cataracts and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is also helpful for lowering pressure in the eye, which may affect glaucoma.

Monitor your weight

Obesity is linked to an increased risk for developing cataracts, glaucoma and AMD. Many people who are severely overweight are also at a significant risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. This damaging disease can lead to diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in those under the age of 65.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is severely threatening to your vision. Every cigarette causes damage to the blood vessels in your eyes and increases the risk or severity of all diseases that affect the eye.