How to keep your eyes and vision healthy
Eyesight is such a vital part of many of our lives. We depend on it for work, for learning and so much more. Often times our eyesight can be taken for granted, but there are simple things to do in order to keep your eyes healthy.
According the CDC, there are 9 simple things to do to protect your vision:
- Get a dilated eye exam.
- Know your family’s eye health history.
- Eat right to protect your sight—in particular, eat plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.
- Quit smoking.
- Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
- Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly to avoid the risk of infection.
- Practice workplace eye safety.
If you haven’t had an eye exam recently, make an appointment with your eye doctor. Check with your family to see if there is eye health history that you should bring to your doctor’s attention. A dilated eye exam is painless and quick. It allows your doctor to look for any vision problems or eye diseases.
Get on a health kick. Eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight. Take a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood, grab some leafy greens like kale and incorporate into your dinner tonight.
Sunglasses are often thought of as a fashion statement, but they are so much more than that. When you know you are going to be outside in the sun, wear sunglasses that block 99%-100% of UVA and UVB radiation. If you know you are going to be playing a sport or doing something active/dangerous that may result in eye damage, grab a pair of protective eyewear.
Smoking – quit! It’s horrible for your health including your eyes, so get on the patch, see a hypnotist, do whatever it takes to kick the habit.
If you wear contact lenses, make sure your hands are clean when taking them out. Bacteria on your hands can be easily transferred to your contact lenses, which can cause eye infections.
Overwhelmed by all of these tips? Start with one and gradually work your way through them. Your eyes and vision will thank you.
 “Healthy Vision: Take care of your eyes!” Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/media/matte/2012/08-healthy-vision.pdf. Visited on June 6, 2013
- Posted by holx-admin
- On August 1, 2013