How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Protecting your vision is probably not something you think about a lot. But it’s integral to your health and is actually pretty easy to do if you follow these simple tips.

  • Wear sunglasses: Sunglasses are extremely useful for sunny days at the beach and are a fun addition to your outfit. But they’re not just fashionable! UV rays can damage your eyes. So instead of buying cheap sunglasses from H&M, splurge and opt for a pair that offers UVA/UVB protection.
  • Eat right: You’ve probably heard that eating carrots is good for your vision. But did you know that you can reap even more vision benefits from food? Add leafy greens like spinach, kale, and brussels sprouts to your diet. Along with blueberries and blackberries, they contain lutein, which can stop your vision from deteriorating.
  • Know your family history: Everyone knows their family history when it comes to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes risk. But what about your eyes? Has anyone in your family gone blind? How many of your relatives wear glasses? Does anyone have astigmatism? Knowing all this information is vital to keeping your eyes healthy.
  • Stay at a healthy weight: Did you know that diabetes and hypertension put you at risk for developing glaucoma and other eye conditions? Well, now you do – so make sure you stay at a healthy weight. Your vision could depend on it.
  • Decrease screen time: Screens are harder and harder to avoid. But looking at them all day strains your eyes. So budget time in your day to take a break from screens. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Go to the doctor: If you don’t go to the eye doctor regularly, you have no way of knowing how healthy your eyes really are. So find an optometrist and have your eyes dilated. It may sting – but that test will let you and your doctor know if you’re having any issues with your eye health. Remember, it’s better to catch any potential conditions earlier rather than later.
  • Clean your contact lens case:  Even if you’re diligent about taking your contacts out and cleaning them in solution, you might still forget to clean your contact lens case. Since contact cases are dark and moist, they’re a breeding ground for bacteria. So clean your case with solution and let it air dry before you put your contacts back in them. Don’t forget to wash your hands before handling your contacts or touching your eyes at all.
  • Buy eye drops: Having dry, itchy eyes is uncomfortable. But when you rub your eyes, you transfer bacteria from your hands into your already-irritated eyes. Avoid this by adding eye drops to your medicine cabinet or desk at work. Adding a few drops of over-the-counter eye drops will lubricate your eyes and help you feel better.

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

Protecting your vision is probably not something you think about a lot. But it’s integral to your health and is actually pretty easy to do if you follow these simple tips.

  • Wear sunglasses: Sunglasses are extremely useful for sunny days at the beach and are a fun addition to your outfit. But they’re not just fashionable! UV rays can damage your eyes. So instead of buying cheap sunglasses from H&M, splurge and opt for a pair that offers UVA/UVB protection.
  • Eat right: You’ve probably heard that eating carrots is good for your vision. But did you know that you can reap even more vision benefits from food? Add leafy greens like spinach, kale, and brussels sprouts to your diet. Along with blueberries and blackberries, they contain lutein, which can stop your vision from deteriorating.
  • Know your family history: Everyone knows their family history when it comes to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes risk. But what about your eyes? Has anyone in your family gone blind? How many of your relatives wear glasses? Does anyone have astigmatism? Knowing all this information is vital to keeping your eyes healthy.
  • Stay at a healthy weight: Did you know that diabetes and hypertension put you at risk for developing glaucoma and other eye conditions? Well, now you do – so make sure you stay at a healthy weight. Your vision could depend on it.
  • Decrease screen time: Screens are harder and harder to avoid. But looking at them all day strains your eyes. So budget time in your day to take a break from screens. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Go to the doctor: If you don’t go to the eye doctor regularly, you have no way of knowing how healthy your eyes really are. So find an optometrist and have your eyes dilated. It may sting – but that test will let you and your doctor know if you’re having any issues with your eye health. Remember, it’s better to catch any potential conditions earlier rather than later.
  • Clean your contact lens case:  Even if you’re diligent about taking your contacts out and cleaning them in solution, you might still forget to clean your contact lens case. Since contact cases are dark and moist, they’re a breeding ground for bacteria. So clean your case with solution and let it air dry before you put your contacts back in them. Don’t forget to wash your hands before handling your contacts or touching your eyes at all.
  • Buy eye drops: Having dry, itchy eyes is uncomfortable. But when you rub your eyes, you transfer bacteria from your hands into your already-irritated eyes. Avoid this by adding eye drops to your medicine cabinet or desk at work. Adding a few drops of over-the-counter eye drops will lubricate your eyes and help you feel better.

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Keep Your Ears Healthy!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

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