Take Everyday Measures to Protect Your Eyes

What do your eyes help you see? Without eyes, you wouldn’t be able to see your children grow up, the world around you change, or the smiling faces of your dearest friends. Your eyes are one of your most valuable organs.

It’s important to keep your eyes healthy. In an earlier post, we mentioned how important it is to protect your eyes against the sun. But apart from sun protection, it’s vital to protect your eyes with proper nutrition, exercise, and rest.

When was the last time you thought about the health of your eyes? It’s never too late to introduce healthy habits into your schedule-here are some healthy tips to protect and strengthen your eyes.

Hereditary Awareness

Knowing and understanding your family’s optic history is one of the first-and most important-things you can do in the name of eye health. If you talk to your family about hereditary eye problems now, you can recognize warning signs early on and can prevent any major deterioration. Some common hereditary eye problems include:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma

Being aware of any hereditary eye problem helps with early diagnosis and treatment.

Constant Care

Your eyes require constant care just like the rest of your body. There are a number of ways you can show proper care for your eyes, including:

  • Wear sunglasses – UV rays can damage your eyes and cause major problems in the future.
  • Replace your makeup – The more you use your mascara, the more bacteria it accumulates. If your mascara lasts longer than three months, throw it away.
  • Blink often – Most people blink 15 to 20 times a day, but if you’re constantly looking at your electronic device, you may not blink as much. To ensure your eyes get proper moisture throughout the day, be mindful and purposefully blink.

If you wear contacts, make sure you exercise proper contact care. While it may seem like an easy, hassle-free solution, never put your contacts in your mouth to clean them off. Placing contacts in your mouth aids in bacterial growth and exacerbates eye problems.

It doesn’t take much to care for your eyes-take preventative measures to ensure their long-lasting health.

Standard Checkups

When was the last time you visited the eye doctor? Most optometrist’s recommend you visit for a checkup every few years, depending on your age:

  • Childhood and teenage years – Visit every other year
  • 20s – Visit one time in your twenties
  • 30s – Visit two times in your thirties
  • 40s and 50s – Visit every other year
  • 60s and over – Visit every year

If detected early, glaucoma and macular degeneration can be treated. If you’re over the age of 60, visit your eye doctor yearly to prevent any major problem from developing.

Proper Nutrition

Your eyes need nourishment. To avoid cataracts and macular degeneration, consume the following on a regular basis:

  • Dark green vegetables (collard, kale, mustard greens, spinach)
  • Brightly colored vegetables and fruits (carrots, grapefruit, strawberries)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardines, herring, flounder, halibut, tuna)
  • Vitamin-rich foods (seeds, nuts, wheat germ)

Remember: the healthier your diet, the healthier your eyes. Once you pair healthy foods with proper hydration, your eyes will gain strength and be able to fight off oncoming problems strength and be able to fight off oncoming problems.

Limited Tobacco

If you’re looking to save your vision, stop smoking. Smoking will increase your risk for a number of eye problems, including:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Optic nerve damage

Want to maintain your vision for years to come? Put down the cigarette once and for all.

Daily Exercise

Keep your eyes in working order with daily exercise. Not only does exercise increase circulation, it lowers the pressure within your eyes and helps fight off glaucoma. For healthier eyes, devote thirty minutes to one of the following exercises daily:

  • Brisk walk
  • Mild jog
  • Yoga and/or stretching
  • Pilates
  • Jumping rope
  • Group sports
  • Cycling

It doesn’t take much to get up, get moving, and get healthy. Start exercising today.

Regular Rest

Apart from sleep, think of the last time you let your eyes properly rest. How did it feel? In order to function and age well, your eyes need adequate rest and relaxation.

How often do you strain your eyes? How much effort does it take to look at your computer, television, and smartphone? Whether you keep the screen at a distance, or limit your screen time, it’s important to regularly remove your eyes from our technological world. Try the following to fight eye strain:

  • Blink regularly
  • Reduce glare on your screen
  • Make fonts bigger
  • Exercise the 20-20-20 rule (take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes)

Whether you’re suffering from glaucoma or macular degeneration, now’s the time to care for and nourish your eyes. If you have a hereditary history of eye disease, use your time and resources to prevent deterioration and keep your eyes in working order.