Six Ways of Maintaining Your Eye Health

Posted on: August 24th, 2018
Author: Dezsa Rubio

The eyes are the windows of the soul. But more importantly, they are our first contact to the environment. Combined with other senses like hearing , tasting and touching, our eyesight helps us make meaning of the world. However like so many, you may sometimes fail to acknowledge the importance of maintaining your eye health until something attacks it.

Out of all our sensory organs, our eyes are by far the most important. With only our eyes, we are able to perceive up to 80% of all impressions. If our other senses stop working, it’s the eyes that best protect us from danger.

Stop taking your eyes for granted. Here are six ways to help you maintain a healthy eyesight:

Eat Right

Maintaining a healthy diet consisting of zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene may reduce the risk of declining eye health. Supporting studies agree that omega-3 fatty acids are also vital for better eye health. The Americall Optometric Association (AOA) recommends these foods for improved eye health: fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, beef, eggs and water.

Quit Smoking

Smoking tobacco affects the overall health of a human body. This vice increases a person’s risk to get cataracts, damage the optic nerve and macular degeneration.  It is best to quit smoking early than to regret its consequence later.

Wear Sunglasses

Preserving our eyesight means protecting it. With the right pair of shades or glasses, you can protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays from the sun or radiation from electronic devices. Ask your optometrist for a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Use Safety Eyewear

Some occupations or environments may expose a person to hazardous or airborne materials. In these circumstances, it is best to wear safety glasses or protective goggles. Also, when participating in sports that can lead to eye injury, it is important to wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses to shield your eyes.

Lessen Exposure to Electronic Screens

Staring too long at phone or computer screens can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes and headaches. To avoid these, make sure that your glasses and lenses are updated. Resting your eyes every 20 minutes can also help your eyes.

Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Like physical exams, people also need regular eye exams. Regular visits to the eye doctor can help you protect your eyesight and lets you see your best, longer. Aside from that, eye exams can also spot diseases early on that have little to no symptoms like glaucoma.

Protecting our eyesight is one of the most important things we can do to maintain our quality of life. Although these steps cannot guarantee a lifetime of perfect vision, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular eye exams will certainly decrease  the chances of sight-stealing diseases that could have been otherwise prevented.