6 Tips to Keep your Eyes Healthy
The really good news is around 90 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable.
1. Eat Well
Eating a well balanced diet is important, not just for overall health, but also for your eyes. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit may help protect against some conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
2. Quit Smoking
Smoking increases the risk of developing such conditions as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
3. Wear Sunglasses
The right pair of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.
4. Use Safety Eyewear
If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
5. Look Away from the Computer Screen
Whilst working at the computer do the following to prevent digital eye strain:
- Regularly look up to protect your eyes
- Move the screen away – a minimum of one arm length to a digital screen is suggested.
- If your eyes are dry, blink more.
- Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.
6. Book Regular Eye Examinations
The good news is around 90 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable. Eye exams can find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms and it is important to detect them early on, when they are easier to treat.