Tips for Healthy Eyes

Regular Eye Exams

Your eyes are an important part of your overall health.  Even if you think your eyes are healthy it’s important to have regular exams by your eye care professional.  Many times we are not aware if our vision could be improved with glasses or contacts.  And eye diseases often have no symptoms in the early years of their development.

Family History

It’s important to know your family’s eye health history.  It is helpful to be aware if you are at a higher risk for developing an eye disease.

Diet & Lifestyle

Be careful to maintain a healthy weight, being overweight contributes to diabetes and other conditions that can lead to vision problems.  Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for keeping your eyes in their best possible health.  Also, eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids has shown to benefit overall eye health.

Don’t Smoke

We all know that smoking is bad for your health.  Well add bad for eye’s health as well.  Smoking is linked to an increased risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage.

Protective Eyewear

Make sure to wear protective eyewear when engaging in any activities that could harm your eyes.

The 20-20-20 Rule

If you spend a lot of time at your computer, your eyes can easily become fatigued.  Every 20 minutes, look away 20 feet for 20 seconds.

Wash Your Hands

To avoid infections, always wash your hands before touching your eyes or touching your contact lenses.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not only great for fashion, but also for protecting your eyes from the sun.  Look for glasses that block out 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays.