Your eyes are the gift of sight and taking care of them should be of utmost importance. Whether you have perfect vision or not, there are plenty of tips to protect your eye health to help maintain your quality of life and reduce risk of vision loss that comes with age.
Small preventative measures, like sun protection, diet and exercise can help protect your eyesight and prevent vision problems later in life. Here is a list of seven eye care tips that will help you protect your eyes and your vision for years to come.
Get Annual Dilated Eye Exams
It’s important to get regular checkups to catch any eye problems such as glaucoma or diabetic eye disease. It is recommended for patients over age 60 to have yearly dilated eye exams. During this exam, your eye doctor will put drops in your eyes that will widen your pupils so he or she can examine the back of each eye.
This technique is used to find some common eye diseases that have no early signs or symptoms. During this exam, you should also have prescription glasses checked.
Eat for Your Eyes
Eye health starts with a good diet. Choose foods rich in antioxidants, like vitamin A and C, such as dark green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts and dark-colored berries. Foods high in Vitamin A, for example, are commonly found in bright yellow and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. Foods high in vitamin C, such as strawberries, oranges and mangoes help fight eye disease. Foods high in omega 3s, for example, salmon and other cold-water fish are good for tear production, which relieves dry eyes.
Protect Your Eyes
Remember to always wear sunglasses that shield your eyes from 100% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays when you’re outdoors during the daytime. This may help reduce your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye disorders.
Also, a hat with a brim will reduce the amount of UV exposure slipping around the sides of your sunglasses.
Apply the 20:20:20 Rule with Electronic Use
After two hours of staring at a computer screen television screen or mobile device, you can strain your eye muscles. To help relieve this, apply the 20:20:20 rule. Rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This exercise encourages the eyes to relax the muscles inside the eye to reduce fatigue. Another exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds then gaze at something up; close for 10 to 15 seconds. Do this 10 times. This exercise will help reduce the risk of your eyes locking up after prolonged computer or mobile use.
The many dangers of smoking have been well documented, especially when it comes to eye health. Smoking increases your risk of oxidative stress. Smokers or people highly exposed to second hand smoke are at greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, uveitis and other eye problems.
For help with quitting, visit the American Lung Association’s free online program – Freedom from Smoking Online – at www.ffsonline.org.
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