Your 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.
These simple steps can help you maintain healthy eyes well into your golden years.
Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam: 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.
Know your family’s eye health history: It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary.
Eat right to protect your sight: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy.
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.
Quit smoking or never start: Study has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage. Give your eyes a rest: If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing 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 you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
Be cool and wear your shades: Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Clean your hands and your contact lenses—properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses.
Practice workplace eye safety. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. Make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.