• 6 Tips on How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

6 Tips on How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

It’s not easy to over­state the impor­tance of sight in our lives. From the moment we wake up until the minute we fall asleep at night, our eyes are a cru­cial part of our exis­tence. Keep­ing your eyes healthy is clear­ly a pri­or­i­ty, and yet how exact­ly we can do that is much less obvi­ous.

The following is a list of important tips for keeping your eyes healthy:

1. Make sure you have a well-balanced diet 

The first tip is the most impor­tant: healthy eyes start with prop­er nutri­tion. While the old nugget about eat­ing car­rots for vision may be an exag­ger­a­tion, eat­ing foods high in vit­a­min C, vit­a­min A, omega-3 fat­ty acids, lutein and zinc will help stave off the onset of mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion and cataracts that afflict many peo­ple in old age.

In addi­tion, a well-bal­anced diet will off­set the prob­a­bil­i­ty of devel­op­ing type 2 dia­betes, the lead­ing cause of blind­ness for adults in the USA.

  • Leafy green veg­eta­bles such as kale, spinach and chard
  • Fat­ty fish such as salmon and tuna
  • Pro­tein from sources oth­er than ani­mal meat, such as nuts, beans and eggs
  • Cit­rus fruits and juices
  • Nutri­tion­al sup­ple­ments and vit­a­mins

2. Stop smoking cigarettes!

While it is now com­mon knowl­edge that tobac­co use is linked to a host of can­cers and pul­monary dis­eases, it is less com­mon to have an under­stand­ing of the dam­age that cig­a­rettes do to del­i­cate organs such as the eyes.

Tobac­co use dam­ages the optic nerve, and increas­es the like­li­hood of devel­op­ing cataracts. The more times you attempt to quit, the high­er the chances of suc­cess, so do not give up, and con­tact a doc­tor or the smok­ers helpline for more sup­port.

3Pull out sunglasses, every day!

Harsh ultra­vi­o­let (UV) rays from the sun are an ever-present part of dai­ly life, so ensure to always pro­tect your eyes with the right sun­glass­es. Select a pair of glass­es that block out 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays, and con­sid­er buy­ing wrap-around frames for added pro­tec­tion. Polar­ized lens­es help reduce glare. If you live in a desert, or in a region that gets a lot of bright­ly lit snow­fall, this tip is even more impor­tant.woman wearing sunglasses

4. Use protective eye gear

Use it in any sit­u­a­tion that might put your eyes at risk. Whether at work, school, or at home, when dan­ger­ous mate­ri­als or chem­i­cals are air­borne make sure that you are wear­ing gog­gles or safe­ty glass­es. Cer­tain sports and ath­let­ics also com­pro­mise eye safe­ty, so pro­tect your eyes dur­ing rac­quet­ball, hock­ey, lacrosse, and of course any ath­let­ic activ­i­ty in a pool with chlo­rine.

5. Be mindful of screen time

Our mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy is a bless­ing, but it can be a huge strain on our eyes. If you must spend hours in front of a com­put­er, make sure you are tak­ing fre­quent breaks every few hours in order to reduce the strain on your eyes. In addi­tion to blurred vision, dry eyes, and headaches, the pos­ture at which you use a com­put­er can pro­duce neck and shoul­der pain as well as con­tribute to back prob­lems.

Use a sup­port­ive chair that allows both feet to remain plant­ed on the floor. Take a break every 20 min­utes, and focus on some­thing that is at least 20 feet away. Rub your eyes and close them for a minute, allow­ing them to rest. When using a com­put­er, have the top of the mon­i­tor at eye lev­el, so that the screen is slight­ly low­er than face lev­el, allow­ing you to look down at your work.

6. Visit your eye doctor regularly.

Noth­ing can replace an expert med­ical opin­ion in regards to eye health and the needs of your eyes to pro­vide prop­er vision, and sched­ul­ing an appoint­ment today is the best tip when it comes to keep­ing your eyes healthy.

For more tips on eye health, read through our blogs or sched­ule an appoint­ment with us to dis­cuss your eye needs.

September 20th, 2018|Comments Off on 6 Tips on How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

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