Check Your Diet and Watch Your Weight
We all know how food affects our health. And I’m sure you’ve heard the deep rooted rumor that carrots are the best food for your eyes. But the reality isn’t as simple as that. Recent studies have shown that carrots are no longer the king of Vitamin A. Now, many foods like fish, milk, kale, and especially eggs are known to greatly improve eye health.
Go to Your Dilated Exams
Unfortunately, American health education is lacking quite severely so many adults, and even their children, don’t attend all of their eye exams. This is due in part to screenings. A screening is the simple distance test wherein you are asked to read a board of letters until they seem blurry. This is not an eye exam. A dilated eye exam must be scheduled with your optician and is essential to detecting rare and common disorders that can’t be identified through other methods.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Cleanliness is another one of those well-established practices supported throughout our lives that we take for granted. Make sure to always wash your hands and contacts before application to avoid infection. It’s also very important to disinfect your lenses before application.
Know Your Family’s Medical History
Many eye conditions are hereditary so talk to your family about any diseases or disorders they have been diagnosed with. This will help determine what you are at risk of and can provide important insight to treatment and prevention.
Put Down The Cigarettes
Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs. Cigarettes are known to have an adverse effect on every single organ in your body including your eyes. They can increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye.
Take Advantage of Protective Eyewear
Most of us wear shades for the fashion and convenience, but did you know that they can actually do wonders for your eye health? They protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV-A and UV-B rays produced by the sun. Check your local store or clinic for a pair that block 99-100%.
Practice the 20/20/20 Rule
Nowadays most of us spend our work time in front of a computer and, if you’re like me, spend your free time in front of a computer as well. This can cause your eyes to get dry or fatigued. To remedy this, every 20 minutes look 20 feet away from any digital screens for 20 seconds. It’s a quick and easy solution that will make a BIG difference!