Tips for Maintaining Good Eye Health

Protect your eyes with food

Eating for good vision is a great way to maintain good eye health. Studies have shown eating foods such as lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C & E might help ward off age- related vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Other foods that can protect your vision:
Spinach, kale, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oranges, non-meat protein sources and citrus fruits or juices.

Quit Smoking

Smoking can cause damage to the optic nerve, increases your chances for cataracts.

Wear Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays can decrease your chances of getting cataracts and/or macular degeneration. Try to find a pair of sunglasses that block 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays.

Even if you wear contacts, it’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for optimal protection.

Use Safety Eyewear

If you work or play in an environment that puts your eyesight at risk, be sure to wear proper safety glasses or goggles every time. Certain activities such as racquetball, lacrosse and paintball can cause serious damage to your eyes if you are not wearing the proper protection. Taking the proper preventative steps can save your vision in the long run.

Look away from the computer screen

Staring at the computer screen for too long can cause problems such as blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes, and trouble focusing at a distance.

Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

Visit your eye doctor regularly

Getting your eyes examined regularly by a medical professional can protect your eyesight and help you see your best. It can also help catch problems in their early stages before they become more serious. Diseases such as glaucoma are important to treat early on, as they are much easier to treat in the early stages. It is recommended you receive an annual eye exam for both children and adults.

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