6 Tips for Healthy Eyes
Whether you wear glasses or contacts, have received corrective eye surgery, or still take advantage of your natural eyesight, you should be caring for your eye health to keep your vision at its best and prevent vision loss as you age. Here are six tips for daily eye care:
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
Your nutrition impacts every part of your body. Omega-3s, lutein, zinc and vitamin C and E are all nutrients that support various eye structures and help prevent age-related conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Plus, drinking plenty of water keeps the eyes hydrated and aids in proper tear production to ease dry eye symptoms.
Snack on these foods:
- Leafy greens
- Oily fish like salmon and tuna
- Eggs, nuts and beans
- Citrus fruits and juices
Not to mention, a balanced diet lowers your risk of diabetes, which is a leading cause of blindness in adults.
2. Protective Eyewear
Your eyes are extremely sensitive, so it is imperative to use protective eyewear for an added barrier.
UV rays can be extremely damaging to the eyes, eventually causing conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium. Always look for sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Hats and umbrellas are also good options for sun protection.
Hazardous and airborne materials like fine dust and wood particles found on job sites or during home renovation can lead to corneal damage. That’s why safety glasses and protective goggles are a safety standard in many positions. The same applies for protective eyewear in sports where eye injuries are common.
3. Reduce Your Screen Time
Excessive screen time is common in our modern world so finding times to cut back can give your eyes some much-needed rest and cut back on eyestrain and dry eye symptoms. When working, be sure to take screen breaks every 20 minutes and look away for 20 seconds to allow the eyes to refocus. Keep up-to-date prescriptions to make screen time even more comfortable on your eyes.
4. Quit Smoking
Smoking has been linked to a number of eye problems including cataracts, damage to the optic nerve, and macular degeneration. The smoke can also cause dry eye irritation for you as well as those around you.
5. Clean Makeup Habits
Certain makeup products can harbor bacteria that easily transfers to the eyes during application. Replace mascara and liners every three months and wash brushes regularly to avoid infection.
Read our blog for more makeup hygiene tips for healthy eyes.
6. Annual Eye Exams
Keep an eye on your peepers with regular exams. Even if you don’t wear corrective eyewear, you should receive comprehensive exams at least every other year. Those over 60, people with certain health conditions and people who wear contacts or glasses should schedule an annual eye exam. Your optometrist can assess your sight and detect and treat problems ranging from common refractive errors to glaucoma and cataracts early.
There are so many beautiful things to experience in the world, and you should see them clearly for as long as you can. If you’ve taken precautions but still experience complications, the best eye doctors in Texas at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers can help you address the problem and improve your vision.
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