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Keeping your body and mind healthy is essential to living a long life. A significant part of that is ensuring your eyes remain healthy as you mature. Many people take sight for granted, but age-related issues could take hold and make vision more challenging as you get older. To avoid these issues, taking care of your eyes is vital.
Check out some of the top ways to keep eyes healthy for a long as possible:
Eating a balanced and healthy diet is one of the best ways to keep your entire body in top condition. The saying “you are what you eat” is undoubtedly true, and what you feed your body is vital to providing the vitamins and minerals it requires to function. Ensuring you eat plenty of leafy greens and fruit is a great starting point. Plus, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are great for eye health.
The sun’s UV rays can cause irreparable damage to your eyes. Repeated and prolonged sun exposure can cause cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes while in direct sunlight. Be sure to choose a style that blocks out UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunglasses typically have a label to show you how effective they are against blocking these harmful rays.
Know your family history of eye health
Some eye conditions are inherited, and knowing your family history could prepare you well in advance. If you know the risks of some eye conditions, this information could provide some insight into how to lower the risk of developing it.
Get regular eye checks
A vital part of eye health is to get checked regularly by an eye doctor. This test will ensure your eyes are in good health and may indicate you need assistance with sight, such as needing glasses for computer work or distance clarity. Regular check-ups may also identify potential issues such as cataracts, and your eye doctor can explain the process of medication and treatment, such as getting cataract lenses to sort the problem.
Wear protective eyewear
If you have a job such as factory work or construction, use eye protection to avoid small fragments entering the eye area. Metal fragments and grit can cause severe issues and irritation, and in some cases, affect your eyesight long-term. Whatever task you’re undertaking, if there is a chance something could flick into the eye, wear suitable eye protection.
Prevent infections if using contact lenses
Contact lens wearers may experience more eye infections than someone that wears spectacles. However, ensuring you keep your lenses and eyes clean when putting them in or taking them out will reduce the chances of infection. Always follow the instructions for your individual lenses and clean them frequently. Once you get into the habit, it will be easy to maintain.
Rest your eyes
Although your eyes rest when you’re asleep, you also need to rest throughout the day. Computer use can cause eyestrain, so try and move away from the screen in frequent intervals to avoid this.
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