There are a couple of organs in our body that are extremely valuable, so it’s our job to do whatever it takes to keep them healthy for as long as we can. The eyes are just one of those. And even though there are different procedures and eye laser treatments that can help us restore our sight and correct any errors, there are those small things that we can do daily in order to keep our eyes completely healthy.
So, what are some simple and practical tips that will help us pay attention to the health of our eyes? Take a look:
1. Mind what you eat
Just like the abs, good eyesight is made in the kitchen, that is, with a good plate. Vitamins and other nutrients found in food, such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, Vitamins C and E and lutein are important for the health of our eyes.
Not only that, but they can prevent any other sight problems related to age, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. What you can do for your eyes is incorporate lots of leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, etc.) in your diet. Make sure that you eat plenty of fish as well, particularly salmon and tuna.
If you’re in it to win it, make sure that you eat plenty of eggs, nuts, beans and other protein sources that do not come from meat, as well as oranges and citrus fruits. Not only will these foods help you enhance your sight and prevent any issues connected to the eyes, but they can help you with other medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes (which is the leading cause of blindness in adults).
2. Minimize the time you look at the computer screen
It’s very difficult in this day and age to actually pay attention to the time we spend in front of the computer, laptop or smartphone, but it’s our job to try and minimize it as much as possible. It can cause eyestrain, blurry vision and more often than not, dry eyes.
Apart from that, it can raise more problems with your neck, shoulders and even head. In order to try and prevent this from happening, it would be a good idea to wear computer glasses. Your ophthalmologist will give you a prescription for computer glasses or contacts that you will wear while working on your computer. Another tip would be to move the screen so that your eyes are in level with the top of your monitor.
Finally, make sure that you rest your eyes every 20 minutes (a 20-second break from the laptop will do).
3. Visit your doctor regularly
Going to regular check-ups is always advisable, and not only when the eyes are in question. In order to see if everything’s fine with your sight, you can always book an eye test and see if there’s anything that you need to know. Visit your doctor twice a year after that, especially if you get a prescription for glasses, but even if not – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Wear quality sunglasses
Suffice it to say that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are extremely harmful to your health. This is why many doctors encourage the use of high-quality sunglasses that will protect your eyes, both in winter and summertime. This is not something that you should save your money on, as having high-quality sunglasses is imperative if you want to keep your eyes healthy.
5. Safety eyewear
Finally, there’s always the tip of wearing safety eyewear when needed. If your job requires the use of hazardous materials, wearing safety gloves and protective goggles goes without question.
Moreover, if you’re doing any sports (such as ice hockey, racquetball or lacrosse), make sure that you wear eye protection as some sports can lead to eye injuries. Wearing safety eyewear will prevent this from happening.
As you can see, all of these tips take so little of your time. Yet again, they will help you tremendously in keeping your eyes healthy for as long as you can. After all, doing everything we can to keep our eyes healthy is certainly a small price to pay for our overall health.