Are you taking care of your eyes? Chances are you don’t give them too much thought, but if you experience any issues with your eyes, you’ll quickly realize how problematic it can be. Eye issues can cause issues for you at work, driving, and truly in all aspects of your life. Read below for five tips you can start implementing now to prevent problems down the road.
1. Avoid Screen Fatigue
If your work involves looking at a computer screen, or you spend a lot of time looking at your phone or other device, you may experience screen fatigue. Although avoiding a lot of screen time is optimal, some times it just cannot be avoided due to work or other obligations. Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
2. Don’t Forget the Shades!
Sunglasses are crucial to protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. However, not all sunglasses are created equal. Look for sunglasses that are rated UV400 or higher. This will block out 99.9% of the sun’s rays. Be sure to introduce young children to sunglasses early too! Getting them comfortable wearing sunglasses will prevent damage to their young eyes.
3. Eat Well
Growing up, you may have heard that carrots are good for your eyesight. Is it true? Yes! Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to Vitamin A. Vitamin A can prevent certain eye diseases. Carrots also contain the antioxidant lutein, which can protect your retina. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are also important for your eye health. Omega-3s can be found in certain kinds of fish, nuts, or taken as a supplement.
4. Stop Smoking
Easier said than done, of course. But studies show smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy and Dry Eye Syndrome. See your doctor for help to stop smoking.
5. Have a Regular Eye Exam
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