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8 Ways to Keep Your Eyes in Tip Top Condition

Reduce the risk of eye damage and vision loss
Read Time: 4 minutes
Sep 3, 2021

Keeping your eyes healthy is vital to having good vision. While some eye problems can’t be prevented, there are steps you can take yourself to keep your eyes in top condition.

Tip One

Visit Your Eye Doctor

One of the most important things you can do to protect your eye health is to regularly visit your eye doctor. How often you need to go depends on how old you are and whether you’re at risk for any eye diseases. Healthy adults who aren’t at risk for eye diseases will only need to go once a year or every other year. However, for those who are older or who are at risk for eye diseases, you’ll want to get your eyes checked more often.

Visiting your eye doctor is important because your eye health is checked by a professional. Your eye doctor can catch eye problems early to tackle treatment as quickly as possible. The earlier eye diseases are detected, the better chances you have of preventing further damage to your eyes.

Tip Two

Eat a Healthy Diet

Just as eating healthily can help you maintain good overall health, a nutritious diet can also help you to keep your eyes in good shape. Food contains essential vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for your eye health.

You should make sure to eat foods that contain the following:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Lutein

Foods containing these vitamins and nutrients can help to prevent age-related eye conditions such as cataracts or macular degeneration.

Tip Three

Wear Sunglasses Outside

Woman wearing sunglasses and hat outside

Sunglasses don’t just help you see better on a sunny day, they also protect your eyes from the sun. Exposure to too many UV rays can increase your chances of getting an eye disease like macular degeneration or cataracts. You should make sure that your sunglasses can block both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound sunglasses are a good choice because they can protect your eyes from all sides and not just the front.

Tip Four

Stop Smoking

Quitting smoking will benefit your overall health as well as your ocular health. Smoking can damage your optic nerve and increase the likelihood of macular degeneration and cataracts. Quitting smoking can be tough, but it’s important to keep trying. Ask your doctor for help if you’re having difficulty stopping.

Tip Five

Take Screen Breaks

Person typing on laptop

Screens are a major part of our lives. Practically everyone uses smartphones, tablets, computers, and television screens for work, communication, and entertainment. As useful and essential to our lives as screens are, they can also pose problems to our eyes if we’re not careful. If you spend a long time looking at a screen, you should make sure to take breaks by looking away from the screen. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Tip Six

Wear Safety Glasses

If you participate in any sports that could put you at risk for eye injuries, it’s important to make sure you protect your eyes. There’s a reason many sports uniforms include helmets, so you should make sure you wear any necessary protective gear. The same goes for if you work with any airborne or hazardous materials, it’s essential to wear safety glasses so that you can protect your eyes from any particles that could harm them.

Tip Seven

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Man washing hands

Many people don’t realize how often they touch their eyes. Washing your hands regularly can help to protect your eyes from bacteria or particles that could get into your eyes from your hands.

Tip Eight

Exercise

Exercise plays a major role in keeping you healthy, but also has benefits for your eyes. Exercise can improve the circulation of the blood in your body, which then brings more oxygen to your eyes, helping to flush out any toxins that may be there.

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