6 Tips for Healthy Eyes
6 Tips for Healthy Eyes
Your eyes are one of the most hard working parts of your body. They begin to work the second you wake up, and don’t stop until you close your eyes to go to sleep. Your eyes take in so much information about the world around you!
The eye’s pretty amazing and it is important not to take your sight for granted! Help protect your eyesight with these six tips:
You know how bad smoking is for you. But did you know that smoking increases your risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that puts increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight.
Smoking also makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration. If you have tried to quit smoking in the past and have failed, try again – the more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed.
Eat healthier foods
A healthier diet including green leafy vegetables, fruits and foods high in vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene can be very beneficial to your eyes. Beta-carotene is an orange red plant pigment found in carrots, apricots and other colorful vegetables.
Blueberries have also been proven to have visual benefits and have potential to protect the eyes from retinal diseases like Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Step away from the computer screen
Staring at a computer screen for hours on end has become a part of the modern workday. All of this strenuous computer use can put a real strain on your eyes. Staring for too long can cause eye problems such as:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble focusing at a distance
- Dry eyes
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
Steps you can take to protect your eyes from computer screen strain are:
- Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
- Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and suitable for computer use
- Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every two hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.
Wearing the correct kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Too much UV exposure increase the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather. UVB rays are stronger in summer months and are to blame when you get a sunburn.
Use safety eyewear
If you work with hazardous materials either at home or at work, wear safety glasses or protective goggles at all times!
Also, certain sports like hockey or lacrosse have potential to lead to eye injury. Be sure to wear eye protection such as helmets or face masks to shield your eyes.
Visit your eye doctor regularly
August is National Eye Exam Month!
If you do not already see your eye doctor regularly, August is the month to start.
Everyone, even young children can benefit from getting their eyes checked regularly. Don’t know where to start? Visit http://www.aoa.org/doctor-locator-search?sso=y to find an optometrist near you!