Eye Health Tips
Many of us tend to take our eyes and sight for granted. But regular eye maintenance is key to enjoying a lifetime of healthy vision. Find out what you can do to ensure your eyes perform at their best.
Many of us know that exercise keeps our bodies healthy and sunscreen keeps skin healthy, but what are the best ways to keep eyes healthy? There are some ways to ensure eye health and a lifetime of healthy vision.
You are what you eat
Eating healthy is necessary for a strong body, but certain foods can help keep eyes healthy too. The antioxidants in coffee are beneficial to eye health as well as eggs, leafy greens, berries and cold-water fish such as salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon help prevent dry eyes and keep the retina healthy.
Did you know that 100,000 eye injuries are sports-related, and that 90% of sports-related injuries affect the eyes? Any type of safety eyewear will protect the eyes — sunglasses, safety glasses, eye guards and safety shields. It is very important to wear protective lenses or goggles that have UV protection if you work in a hazardous environment like a construction zone or workshop, or participate in ball sports or extreme sports.
Doctor knows best
When it comes to eye health, one of the greatest ways to protect yourself is with annual comprehensive eye exams. Compared to a vision screening that only tests vision for acuity, a comprehensive eye exam checks for acuity as well as overall eye health.
The magic isn’t in the makeup
Makeup is necessary sometimes, but sleeping with it on is not. For example, allergic reactions, dry eyes, loss of eyelashes, toxic heavy metals and bacterial infections can occur if makeup is not removed and builds up. Removing that old mascara, eye shadow or eyeliner not only promotes eye health, but is good for your skin too. Out of makeup remover? Try using avocado.
Just walk away
“Computer vision syndrome” and digital eye strain are very real and affect 75% of computer workers, leading to muscular strain, muscular stress and eye discomfort. Wearing computer glasses, taking a break, magnifying text, blinking frequently and making sure the screen is 20-28 inches away are all ways to prevent computer vision syndrome.
Sometimes, the simplest steps we take toward caring for something are also the best. It’s certainly true for our eyes and vision. In this section you can learn the basic steps needed to keep you and your family’s sight in tip-top shape at every age.