When it comes to your eyes, how much care and attention are you really giving them? You use your eyes every day and yet they often get neglected and taken for granted. Here are a few ways that you can keep your eyes healthy and practice good eye health in your everyday life.
Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
- Get regular eye exams and talk about personal and family history
- Get vision tests to see if you are farsighted, nearsighted, have age related vision changes or astigmatism
- Get optic nerve tests and your eye pressure checked to check for glaucoma
Avoid Excessive Screen Time
Long periods of staring at a computer screen and phone can cause:
- Eye strain
- Neck and back aches
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Trouble focusing at a distance
Some things that you can do to prevent eye issues from computers and phones include:
- Talk to your doctor about computer glasses
- Rest your eyes every 20 minutes
- Get up at least every 2 hours and take 15 minute breaks
- Use an anti-glare screen
Use proper eye drops for dry eyes
- Make sure your glasses and contacts are up to date.
Practice Eye Safety
Playing certain sports such as racquetball, ice hockey, lacrosse and skiing can lead to serious eye injuries if the proper eyewear is not worn. Also remember that when working with hazardous materials at work or at home to wear protective goggles and safety glasses as well.
Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays
Wear sunglasses: The proper sunglasses will shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. When your eyes receive too much exposure to UV rays, your chances of macular degeneration and cataracts increase significantly.
Smoking increases your chances of macular degeneration and cataracts and also damages your optic nerve. Now is the time to quit if you smoke. If you have tried to quit in the past or you are having difficulty quitting now, contact your doctor for help.
Good health starts with a healthy diet. Foods and vitamins that contain omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, and lutein can help fight age related damage to your eyes. A healthy diet also prevents obesity, lowering your chances of type 2 diabetes; the leading cause of blindness in adults.
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