Your eyes are vulnerable. They can get weak over a lot of things you do not even notice. You only got two of them in a lifetime, so it is important that you do not take them for granted. Here are some tips for you:

Eat for your eyes

Your eyes can benefit greatly from a diet full of omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These nutrients not only help you maintain a good vision as you age but also prevent many eye disease.

Give up smoking

Smoking is the leading cause of eye illnesses such as cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. It may be very hard to quit smoking. Most people are not successful at the first attempt. However, the more times you try it, the more chances at success you have.

Buy a pair of sunglasses

Good sunglasses shield your eyes from UV rays, thus protecting you from cataracts and macular degeneration due to excessive UV exposure. Buy sunglasses that can block up to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Some contact lenses offer an amount of UV protection. Still, it is advisable to wear sunglasses for extra protection.

Do not forget safety eyewear

If you have to work with toxic or airborne substances, you need protective goggles all the time. Other activities that require eye protection are dangerous sports such as hockey, racquetball, and lacross.

Limit your screen time

Looking at your computer screen for a long period of time can result in eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes and pain in the head, neck, and back. Try to take a rest every 20 minutes by looking far away for at least 20 seconds. Every 2 hours, leave your computer and take a short break.

Schedule regular check-ups for your eyes

According to your eyes’ needs, you may see either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for eye check-ups. Ophthalmologists are doctors with special training in eye care. They can offer general eye care and treatments eye diseases as well as performing eye surgery. Optometrists are those who have had 4 years of specialized training after college. They can do mostly everything ophthalmologists do, except for surgery.

Be careful of your air

Dry air may have a bad effect on your eyes. If you live in a dry atmosphere, get yourself a portable humidifier so that your eyes will be be irritated by the dryness.

When it comes to eye health, prevention is a hundred times better than cure. You should be proactive in taking care of your eyes, not waiting until problems arise because it could be too late then.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.

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