Vision is one of the most valuable senses and we should not take it for granted. To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy, consider these simple guidelines.
Improve your diet
Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E are essential. So make these foods a staple in your diet: green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards; salmon, tuna, and other oily fish; eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources; citrus fruits or juices as well as oysters and pork.
A well-balanced diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight. That lowers the risk of sight-threatening diseases like type 2 diabetes.
Smoking increases the risk of cataracts and damages your optic nerve. It may seem hard to quit this habit, but it is certainly worth trying!
Protect your eyes from injuries
Always wear eye protection when you are near airborne materials or play sports such as ice hockey and lacrosse.
Look away from the screen
Don’t forget to give your eyes some rest when using the computer or other electronic devices. Staring at a light-emitting screen for too long can cause blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches as well as neck, back, and shoulder pain.
Make sure your glasses prescription is up to date and suitable for computer work. Position the screen so your eyes are at the level of the top of the monitor. Try to avoid glare from windows and lights. Choose a comfortable chair and make sure your feet are flat on the floor. If your eyes are dry, blink more often. Rest your eyes every 20 minutes, looking away for at least 20 seconds. Take a 15-minute break every couple of hours.