As the saying goes: Take care of your eyes—you only get two! Some of us are cursed by genetics and the rest of us are cursed by time. But there are more than a few ways you can help to safeguard your vision and even detect issues early on. Learn more with these beneficial tips:
- Nutrition & Diet: For an eye-healthy diet, choose foods rich in antioxidants – like leafy, green vegetables and fish – over foods with a high amount of saturated fats. Many foods, especially fatty fish like salmon, contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the health of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision. In addition to saturated fat, over-consumption of alcohol can also be harmful to the macula.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. While smoking hasn’t directly been linked back to poor eye health, your eyes will thank you when you quit the habit.
- Regular Exercise: Exercise can help maintain your eye health because it generally improves blood circulation throughout the body which, in turn, improves oxygen levels to the eyes. It also helps in the removal of toxins! Not a big fan of exercise? No worries- exercise of all kinds and ability levels will help.
- Wear Sunglasses: It sounds like an obvious solution but sometimes, the sun feels just too nice. Always wear sunglasses outdoors to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. For extra credit, be sure to wear a hat with a wide brim that will reduce the amount of UV rays that get around your sunglass lenses.
- Computer Habits: AIf you’re one of the millions of Americans that stare at a computer screen all day for our jobs or hobbies, here are some tips for being nice to your eyes:
- Avoid Injuries If you feel that you may have injured any part of your eye or the area around it, seek immediate medical attention from your doctor.
• Keep your screen between 20”-24” away from your eyes
• Keep the top of your computer screen just slightly below your eye level when sitting
• Minimize the distance between your computer screen and any printed documents you need to reference
• Adjust screen lighting to minimize glare
• Take a break every 15 minutes to focus on a distant object
• Blink frequently
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Source: Bausch + Lomb