5 Things You Can Do to Take Better Care of Your Eyes

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Please note that the below information is intended to be observed as guidelines, and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your eye doctor with any questions you may have regarding eye care or a medical condition.

Caring for your eyes doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can actually be pretty simple. These five tips can help you to take better care of your eyes, leading to less vision problems down the road, and a more enjoyable life in the present.

1. Wear sunglasses.

We know you probably hear this one a lot, but the reason it’s said so often is because it’s that important. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, as too much UV exposure can lead to macular degeneration and a greater chance of developing cataracts. Make sure that when you’re purchasing a pair of sunglasses, you choose a pair that is 100% UV ray blocking.

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2. Eat healthier.

Eating foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients can greatly improve your eye health. That old adage about eating carrots is actually true—the vitamin A and carotene in carrots are particularly good for your eyes. Seasonal vegetables, especially leafy greens, and foods that contain a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids are also great for your eyes.

3. Minimize screen time.

Staring at a computer screen for too long can lead to eye strain, dry eyes, headaches, and blurry vision. Be sure to implement the 20-20-20 rule when working long hours in front of a screen, focusing on an object that is 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. Blue-light glasses can also help protect your eyes from computer glare, and prescription computer glasses can help your eyes to better focus on the screen.

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4. Wear protective eye wear for sports and work.

If your work involves the use of hazardous materials, be sure to always wear safety goggles.

In the same way, if you play a sport like ice hockey, racquetball, or lacrosse that comes with an increased risk of eye injury, be sure to wear eye protection.

5. Go in for regular check-ups.

Many serious eye problems can be prevented if treated early. Even if your vision seems fine, be sure to always go in for regular check-ups with your eye doctor to ensure that your eyes remain healthy.

These five tips are just a few of the ways that you can take better care of your eyes. Be sure to always follow the recommendations of your doctor when it comes to your specific vision and eye care.

If you have any additional questions about eye care, or would like to schedule a check-up, give us a call at 541-779-4711.