Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Be cool and wear your shades.

The right pair of shades will protect your eyes from the UV rays. You’ll want to wear a pair that blocks 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Give your eyes a rest.

If you spend a lot of time at the computer or looking on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20- rule. Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of your for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Obesity can cause and worsen a wide range of eye diseases. There is a strong connection between obesity and glaucoma which can damage the optic nerve, the primary means of communication between the eye and brain.

Quit smoking or never start.

Smoking is bad for your eyes. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Eat right to protect your sight.

Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. Fill your plate with green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts, beans, citrus fruits, salmon, tuna, oysters, and pork.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

The only way to detect early eye disease is to visit your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. It’s important to spot any diseases early so they are easier to treat. You’ll also want to have your vision checked.

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