Tips for Maintaining Your Eye Health

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It is important to keep your eyes healthy and safe.  Good vision directly contributes to being able to live a full life without limitations.  Unfortunately most of us take our eye sight for granted and don’t do the simple things necessary for maintaining eye health.  An annual eye exam is necessary for early detection of diseases and eye disorders.  In between eye exams there are things you can do at home.

Here are simple tips for maintaining your eye health.

  • Wear sunglasses.  The sun’s UV rays can harm your eyes and cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Try sunglasses with 99 – 100% UVA and UVB protection.
  • Eat healthy food.  The food you eat can directly impact the overall health of your body and your eyes.  Certain foods are known to promote good eye health.  Certain vitamins and minerals are important to include in your daily meals.  These include: omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E.  You can get them from green leafy vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oranges, and other citrus fruits.  Eating well can also prevent diabetes which hurts your eye sight. 
  • Stop smoking.  People that smoke are more likely to get cataracts, macular degeneration, and optical nerve damage.
  • Give your eyes a break.  Looking at a computer screen, the television, or your iPhone for too long can cause eye damage.  Your eyes get tired and dry which can make it even harder to see.  There are simple steps you can take to give your eyes a break.  Use the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes on the computer, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  Blink frequently to keep your eyes moist.
  • Keep your prescription current.  Make sure that your eye glasses or contacts are providing the level of vision correction that your eyes need in order to prevent eye strain.  An annual eye examination will help.

For more information on how to keep your eyes healthy visit Heritage Family EyeCare.  Our experts are available to answer your questions and help preserve your eye sight for years of seeing clearly