Updated: Apr 18, 2019
For a lot of people, their vision is most important from all their senses. It allows us to understand what is around us. For this reason, it's important to take preventative measures to ensure our vision stays with us well into the future.
Here is a list of simple tips for maintaining healthy eyes.
Schedule an eye exam
Most people think their eyes are perfectly fine unless they have in-your-face signals something is wrong, but visiting an eye care professional is the only way you can be sure. Common vision issues usually go unnoticed and people are unaware that by using glasses or contacts their vision would be better. In addition, several eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. When seeing your doctor let them know of your concerns and if eye diseases or conditions run in your family.
Eat your veggies
Everybody at one point has heard carrots are good for their eyes. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is beneficial for keeping your eyes healthy too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and halibut. (2)
Wear shades (just not inside)
Sunglasses, although they are fashionable, serve a better purpose- to protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays. When picking up your next pair make sure you look for the ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
quit smoking..or never start
Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age- related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve dame, all of which can lead to blindness. (3)
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Use proper contact lens hygiene
To avoid the risk of an infection, make sure to always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them when needed.
Rest your eyes occasionally
If you spend a lot of time staring at the computer or focusing on a particular area, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Every 20-30 minutes look away at something 20 feet away for at least 30 seconds. This should help with eye strain.
Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. Anyone with issues maintaining a healthy weight should consult with their doctor.