How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps to keep your eyes healthy into your golden years.

Eat for Good Vision: To keep your eyes healthy you should keep nutritious food in your plate. Be sure you are getting enough Nutrients such as omega-lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E, 3 fatty acids are help in preventing macular degeneration. Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards, salmon, tuna, and other oily fish, eggs, carrots nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources, oranges and other citrus fruits or juices can help lead to good eye health.

Look Away From the Computer Screen: The top of the screen should not be higher than your eyes. Try and scheduled your study sessions early morning rather than late night it induces far less strain. And remember to take a 5 min break after every 40 min of reading. Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, and trouble focusing at a distance, headaches, neck, back, and shoulder pain. Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.

Wear Protective Eye wear: If you work with hazardous materials on the job or at home, wear protective eye wear. Protective eye wear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. When protective eye wear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.

Wear Sunglasses: Protect the eyes from the sun. Now-a day, sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for one that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. During driving sunglasses reduce glare and bright stray light preventing accidents.

Regular Eye Check Up: You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and see your best. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

Know Your Family’s Eye Health History: Want to know the eye history of your family members and talk to them. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions; this can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Contact lens care: If you are into contact lenses which are perfectly okay, be sure to select a good manufacturer. To avoid the risk of infection, 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 as appropriate.

Eye Strain during Reading: The book should be well lighted, but the area surrounding the book should also be well lit. Reading in a dark room leads to eye strain. Ideally the light should come over your left shoulder. When you concentrate hard, the blink rate of the eye drops significantly. This leads to blurring and defused vision. Blink frequently when you study for long periods of time.

Stop Smoking: Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, increases risk of macular degeneration and optic nerve damage. Smoking limits the blood flow to the eyes and increases oxidative stress. Keep trying, if you've tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again. You should remember that the more times you try to quit smoking; the more likely you are to succeed.

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