Tips on How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

There is no need for a long introduction about your eyes. There is a reason why you need to take care of your eyes well, and that is to keep your vision sharp until you die of old age. That kind of life would be amazing, right? But you see people these days are losing the optimum vision they have as they grow older. The tips below will help keep your eyes healthy all the time.

Eat healthy
Just like every part of your body, your eyes need the proper nutrition, and it comes from the food you serve on your plate. The nutrients that your eyes need are lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, E, and zinc. They will help you protect against age-related vision issues such as cataract and macular degeneration. So how do you fill your plate with the nutrients above? Here is a guide:

    • Green leafy vegetables such as collards, kale, and spinach
    • Tuna, salmon and much other oily fish
    • Oranges and several other citrus juices and fruits
    • Nuts, beans, eggs and many other nonmeat sources of protein
    • Pork and oysters

A well-balanced diet will also help you maintain a healthy weight. This lowers the odds of you getting obese and many other diseases related to it such as type 2 diabetes, which is the number one cause of blindness among adults.

Quit Smoking
Smoking is highly likely going to get you cataracts, damage the optic nerve and even develop macular degeneration. If you have already tried to quit before, but you feel that you can’t-do it, just start again and keep maintaining it. The more times that you try to quit smoking, the higher the chances you are going to succeed. You can also ask assistance from your doctor on how to make your ways of quit smoking more successful.

Wear sunglasses
You just don’t use any pair of sunglasses. It must be one that is designed to protect you against the ultraviolet rays of the sun. When your eyes are overexposed to the UV rays, it will boost up the chances of getting macular degeneration and cataracts.

Pick a pair that blocks between 99 to 100 percent of UVB and UVA rays. Going for the wraparound lenses will fully protect the eyes from the sides. The polarized lenses will reduce the glare while driving.

The same goes for contact lenses – choose one that features UV protection. Still, it is a good idea that you wear sunglasses for that extra layer.

Break from the computer monitor

If you stare at the computer monitor for too long it can cause:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Problem focusing at a distance
  • Shoulder, back, neck pain
  • Headaches

 

To protect your eyes from the constant looking at the monitor:

  • Ensure that your prescription contacts or glasses are updated and are also good for looking at the computer monitor
  • If the eye strain doesn’t go away, tell your doctor about it
  • As much as possible, avoid the glare from the lights and windows. If needed, make use of an anti-glare screen
  • Move the screen so that your eyes are at the level of the top of the monitor. This will let you look slightly down at the monitor.
  • If the eyes are dry, you need to blink more
  • Choose a supportive and more comfortable chair. Put it in a position where your feet is flat comfortably on the floor
  • Rest the eyes every 20 minutes. This is to give your eyes time to relax. Look away at a distance of 20 feet for 20 seconds. Get up from your computer monitor in every 2 hours and take 15 minutes break.
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