Healthy eyes give your face a healthy and fresh look, so it is always important to protect your eyes when you are in the workplace, in the factory or in front of your computer. There are plenty of simple things you can do every day to keep your sight in tip-top shape and following are 5 tips on how to keep your eyes healthy.
1. Get regular eye tests
It is always important for you to have your eyes tested regularly. Especially when you are over 40, yearly eye exams can help diagnose and prevent age-related ocular conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. In addition, by looking in the back of the eye during the eye test, some diseases including hypertension, blood pressure and diabetes can be detected. For children, they should have their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months.
2. Quit smoking
Smoking causes damage to the blood vessels in your eyes, so it makes you more likely to get macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage. Smoking not only causes cataracts to grow faster but also sets you up for ARMD and other eye disease.
3. Wear eye protection
It is necessary for you to use safety eyewear when you are at work, at home and playing sports. When you are in the sun, you should wear sunglasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. According to some studies, brown cataracts and macular degeneration have been linked to exposure to sunlight. Additionally, sunlight can worsen ARMD as well as burn and damage the cornea and conjunctiva.
Besides, you should wear eye protection to shield your eyes when you work in industrial situations or play sports such as hockey, racquetball and lacrosse.
4. Take frequent breaks
You body need to take breaks to recharge and so do your eyes. If you have to work in front of a computer screen all day, you should use the 20-20-20 rule to let your eyes rest adequately: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away. This can help break your eyes' constant strain of focusing from doing close work. Besides, the more you concentrate, the drier your eyes become. So don’t forget to blink because it washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears, helping them stay moist and free of irritants.
5. Eat right
Another way to keep your eyes healthy is consuming certain foods and drinks that prevent eye disease. According to some studies, nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and vitamin C may help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. Therefore, you should eat more spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, blueberries, salmon, tuna, tomatoes, peaches, papaya, mangoes, garlic, etc.