Caring for your eyesight doesn't just mean wearing glasses so you can see better. Below are six suggestions to maximise your eye health and protect your vision.
Eating healthily, particularly foods containing nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. Get your fill with:
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards
- Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
- Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non meat protein sources
- Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
- Oysters and pork
Wear sunglasses and use safety eyewear
Too much Ultraviolet exposure increases the likeliness of getting cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair of sunglasses that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
If you use hazardous or airborne materials at work or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
Take breaks from your screen
Many of us sit behind a screen at work; taking a break from your screen can help prevent eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches and neck and shoulder strain. It's recommended to rest your eyes every 20 minutes and get up from your desk at least every 2 hours.
Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration
Visit your eye doctor regularly
Having a regular eye examination helps protect your sight and gauges whether you need glasses or further tests. Eye examinations can detect diseases like glaucoma, that present no symptoms outside of the examination. The earlier a problem is spotted, the easier it is to treat.