Eye Health 101 

Eye Health 101 

One of the most important, yet very overlooked parts of the body for many are the eyes.
Too often, it’s easy to take your eyes for granted. However, you only have one pair of eyes and should take good care of them.

There are certain things you can do to keep your in tip-top shape.

They include the following:

Get an Annual Eye Exam

Although you may not think about it or may put it off, it’s important to get an eye exam once a year with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. It can help to determine whether your vision has changed and you might need glasses or a new prescription if you already wear glasses.

Annual eye exams are also good for preventative care and can detect conditions like glaucoma or cataracts. If your doctor does detect a disease like glaucoma and it’s early on, it’s easy to treat the condition.
You can also learn if you have astigmatism or if you are near- or farsighted or both and need new glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses.

Wear Shades or Get Transition Lenses

Sunglasses can help to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you are very nearsighted and wear prescription glasses, you can either get clip-on shades to go over your regular lenses or order prescription lenses with Transitions technology built in.

Transitions darken in the sun and better protect your eyes from UV rays. Shades help to protect your eyes from conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Consuming a healthy diet that’s nice in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids can help to protect your eye health. Foods you should aim to eat regularly include leafy greens like spinach and kale, citrus fruit, fish like tuna and salmon, beans, eggs and nuts and shellfish like oysters.

These foods play a role in your eye health and also help you to maintain a healthy weight. They can even help to combat diseases like type 2 diabetes, which can adversely affect your eye health.

Be Smart About Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, you must be responsible about keeping them clean. Always wash your hands before handling your lenses to put them in your eyes or remove them. Your contacts should also always be placed in a clean case with fresh soaking or rewetting solution when not in your eyes.
Never reuse solution, clean your contact lens case daily or at least every other day and clean the lenses themselves each day.
You should also never wear contact lenses to bed.

Be Smart While Using Computers

If you spend multiple hours at a time in front of a computer screen, you must be extremely careful. You run the risk of eye strain, but there are steps you can take to minimize the damage. Always ensure that your computer screen is four or five inches below eye level and around 20 to 28 inches from your eyes.

Set the backlight to a dimmer setting and concentrate on blinking frequently to prevent your eyes from drying out. Finally, give yourself a break for 15 minutes for every two hours you’re using a computer.

These tips will help you to keep your eyes healthier.

Remember that your eyes aren’t just the windows to the soul, but they are very precious as well.

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