Your eyes and your vision are an important part of your overall health
and wellness, and yet many people neglect to care for their eyes, as they
would the rest of their body. Many
eye conditionsand even eye infections can lead to vision loss, which in turn, may impact
your quality of life.
Keeping your eyes healthy is really fairly simple. Following these
eye health tips will help keep your eyes healthy for years to come:
See your doctor regularly for eye exams. A comprehensive eye exam in which your eyes are dilated is the most effective
method for diagnosing unhealthy eyes and eye conditions. Some eye conditions
such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration may have
no symptoms, and can only be detected with a comprehensive eye exam. When
detected early, many of these eye conditions can be treated, which may
in fact save your vision.
Inform your doctor of family eye health history. Some eye conditions are hereditary, and just as your doctor should know
of any family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer, your eye doctor
should know of any family history of eye conditions or eye disease. Knowing
your family eye health history and informing your eye doctor of any family
history of eye conditions will help determine if you may be at a higher
risk of developing these conditions.
Eat right. A healthy diet is beneficial for more than just a healthy heart and maintaining
your figure. Proper nutrition is also beneficial for the health of your
eyes. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens
like spinach and kale, will help keep your eyes healthy. Some research
has also shown that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial
to your eye health. Eating healthy and getting regular exercise will also
help you maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to diabetes, which
can cause diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma and other eye conditions leading
to vision loss.
Don’t smoke. Don’t start smoking, and if you are currently a smoker it would be
wise to to quit. Smoking harms more than just your lungs. It is also bad
for your eyes, and can cause eye conditions like macular degeneration,
cataracts and optic nerve damage. All of these conditions can cause to
full or partial vision loss.
Protect your eyes. If you play sports like racquetball or lacrosse (among others), always
wear protective eye wear. When doing yard work or other activities in
which foreign matter could end up in your eyes, protective goggles are
a necessity. Eye injury can lead to blindness, and many times injuries
to the eye are entirely preventable. In addition to protective goggles,
if you are outside in the sun, wear sunglasses that block at least 99
percent of UVA and UVB rays. The sun’s rays can damage your skin,
but they can also seriously damage your eyes.
Rest. Adequate rest is also important for healthy eyes. If you work long hours
on the computer, it’s especially important to give your eyes time
to rest. When working on the computer, reading, or even playing video
games, we may forget to blink, which causes our eyes to become dry and
fatigued. Practice the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes you spend on
the computer, look away about 20 feet from you for at least 20 seconds.
This will give your eyes time to rest and will also cause you to blink,
adding moisture to your eyes.
Take care of your contact lenses. Keep your contact lenses clean using a contact lens solution. Always wash
your hands before putting contacts in or removing them. Never use your
own saliva to moisten or clean contact lenses that may be dry. Eye infections
can severely damage your eyes, leading to vision loss. Like many eye injuries,
many eye infections are preventable when proper hand and eye hygiene is followed.
While not all eye conditions are preventable, many of them are. Don’t
neglect your eyes when it comes to caring for your health. Schedule regular
eye exams, including a routine comprehensive eye exam to help keep your
eyes healthy and you seeing clearly.
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