Our eyes are an incredibly important part of our bodies, but we often take their health for granted when we’re seeing well, have no irritations and everything feels fine. Your eyes may be healthy already, but you can take some precautions and follow some easy steps on a day-to-day basis to try to maintain that eye wellness for healthy eyes for years to come!
Eat Good Food for Eye Wellness
Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and Vitamins C & E are great for your vision as you age. Try incorporating foods like salmon, leafy greens like spinach, citrus fruits, eggs and nuts into your diet.
Make sure to choose sunglasses that protect from 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays, which can significantly harm your eyes over time. If you’re in the car a lot, try out polarized sunglasses with good protection, as polarization helps to reduce glare.
Quit Smoking, or Don’t Start at All
Smoking has a terrible effect on your eye wellness. It’s one of the leading causes of cataracts, as smoking doubles the risk of changing the lens in your eye and resulting in cloudy vision. Smoking also triples the risk of eye disease and significantly increases the chances of eventual blindness in those over 65 years old.
Try to Avoid Staring at a Computer Screen for Too Long
We have talked about how to reduce the effect of digital eye strain, which can have a negative effect on eye wellness. Blurred vision and dry, tired, irritated eyes are all the result of digital eye strain, and can be avoided if you take some lengthy breaks from staring at a computer screen.
Keep Your Hands Clean
You may not think about it too much, but if you don’t wash your hands very much throughout the day, you are certainly touching your eyes and potentially contaminating them with bacteria! Regular hand washing is key to eye wellness, especially if you wear contact lenses. Always make sure you wash your hands before you handle your lenses in your eyes.
Eye Wellness can be Monitored with Visits to the Eye Doctor
Make sure you make regular, annual appointments for thorough eye exams! Your eye doctor can check your eyes for any health issues and prescribe you correctional lenses if you’re having trouble seeing. Your eye doctor can even apply special drops to test your eyes for any diseases you may not have noticed symptoms for, so it’s really important to keep those appointments and take them seriously!
These are just a few tips that can make a world of a difference in keeping your eyes healthy! They’re not too hard, and your maintained eye wellness in the future will be a great payoff. Remember, Hakim Optical has Eye Exam Centres in many of our locations across the country, so call your closest location today to see if you can book an appointment and begin taking good care of your eyes!