Your Eye Health - 5 Tips to Healthy Eyes

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 24-Oct-2012

photodune-328355-extended-family-relaxing-in-garden-xsNot all visual problems are preventable, but you do have a great deal of control over youreye health. If you want to maintain healthy eyes and good vision as long as possible, take the time to give your eyes the care they deserve.

Follow these 5 Tips to Healthy Eyes:

1. Get regular eye exams
Early detection of many serious eye health problems can only happen if you maintain regulareye exams. Symptoms of many eye conditions won’t appear until the eye disease or visual problem has reached an advanced stage, at which time it may be more difficult to prevent vision loss.

If you notice any eye problems, do not ignore them. If you experience any eye symptoms, including eye pain, drainage, swelling, sensitivity to light, floaters and flashes of light, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. If your eyes are itchy or red, soothe them with eye drops or antihistamines. If you feel like you have something in your eye, flush it with clean water or saline.

Even if you do not wear glasses or contact lenses, you should see your eye doctor at least once every two years. If you do wear prescription lenses, schedule an annual appointment to check your vision. Children should can have their first complete eye exam as early as three years old.

2. Wear protective eyewear
Always wear sunglasses when you are outside, even on cloudy days. The sun is just as damaging to your eyes as it is to your skin. Radiation from the sun’s ultra-violet rays can lead to cataracts, burns on the cornea and eyelid cancer. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Wear safety glasses or safety goggles while at work on a job site, or playing sports. Protective lenses made of polycarbonate plastic are more impact resistant than other materials and will protect your eyes from debris, chemicals or contact injury to the eye. Sports like basketball, baseball, softball, racquetball and lacrosse are among the sports with the highest rates of eye injuries.

3. Eat a healthy diet
Your mom was right -- eating your carrots is good for your eyes. Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyes and good vision. Foods that help circulation are beneficial to not only your heart, but also your eyes and therefore your vision. Heart healthy foods include citrus fruits, dark leafy greens and whole grains. Foods that are rich in zinc can help your eyes resist damage from light. These foods include beans, peas, peanuts, lean red meat, oysters and poultry.

4. Take care of your contact lenses
Proper contact lens care can help prevent eye damage or eye infection or disease. Wash your hands before touching your eyes or contact lenses. Clean your contact lenses using approved contact lens cleaners. Clean, rinse and dry your lens case every time you remove your contact lenses. Replace your lenses as instructed by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses while swimming or using cleaning products. Doing so may trap bacteria or dangerous chemicals under the lenses. Never sleep in your contact lenses.

5. Follow the 20/20/20 rule
Do you spend your day staring at a computer screen? While this won’t necessarily hurt your eyes, it can lead to dry eyes. We blink half as often when looking at a computer screen than any other time. It can also make your eyes feel tired more quickly. Give your eyes a break. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at the computer, shift your focus to something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Vision should be considered as important as your overall health. Eye care should be as important to you and your health as exercise, eating healthy and caring for your body. Do not neglect your eyes. In giving them proper care and attention you may be able to prevent vision loss due to serious eye conditions.

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