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Tips for Healthy Eyes!

Tips for Healthy Eyes!

Tips for healthy eyes

Despite eyesight being among our most treasured of sense we don’t often take the steps needed to maintain healthy eyes throughout our lives. There are easy ways to ensure you are routinely on the right path to maintaining good eye health and protecting your vision.

See your optician regularly

When you are seeing well, or not having a noticeable visual impairment it’s easy to forget about making an appointment to see your optician. Eye exams are not just for people experiencing changes in their vision. An eye exam is an essential way to detect even the slightest changes to your eye health and, it can also detect other systemic health issues, such as glaucoma and diabetes, before there are any symptoms.

Protect your eyes

It’s important to protect your eyes from the environment. Most homes and offices have very dry air, which can cause eye dryness and irritation. Using a humidifier to control air quality and lubricating eye drops are great options to help protect your ocular surface from irritation and dryness. 
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can also be harmful to your eyes. In fact, a lifetime of UV light exposure can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Protect your eyes as you would your skin by wearing sunglasses with 100 percent AVA and AVB protection. By the time you have reached 18 years of age, you have received 80 percent of your lifetime exposure, which is why it is also critically important to take these same sunglass precautions with children. Practice eye safety by using protective eyewear while playing sports or working with hazardous materials. This will help to protect and shield your eyes.

Eat well to protect your eyesight.

While we have all heard that eating carrots are good for your eyes, there are other food options that do a much better job of protecting your eyesight. Studies have shown that antioxidants and nutrients that are linked to a lower risk of common eye conditions include lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E and
by regularly eating these foods that are rich in protective nutrients and antioxidants you can help maintain good eye health and potentially prevent some troubling eye conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

 

Leafy greens such as spinach and kale

Cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and other oily fish

Nuts, beans, eggs and other non-meat proteins such as soy

Dark pigment fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and grapes

Citrus fruits and juices

Avocados

Broccoli

 

Using computers? Follow the 20-20-20 rule

Staring at your computer or other digital devices can cause major strain on your eyes and can also cause dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches. To help combat these issues, simply rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds

 

Say NO to smoking

Smoking makes you more susceptible to developing macular degeneration, progresses the development of cataracts and can cause optic nerve damage.

 

Taking care of your overall health protects your eyes too

 

You know the importance of a healthy diet and the affect it has on your eye health. But did you know that exercise could also help by increasing circulation, which can lower pressure in the eyes? This can help those with glaucoma – a group of diseases caused by an increase in intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. 
Exercise also helps maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic diseases, increasing your chance of major eye diseases. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight or reaching your weight goals, talk to your doctor. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

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