How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

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Our eyes are so very important. We need to take care of our eye health. Without good vision, one won’t be able to enjoy life as much as people with good eyesight.

Starting with our children, eye health should be attended to with eye examinations before kindergarten and every few years afterwards. Adults should get their eyes examined even if there isn’t any problem with their vision.

Glaucoma and macular degeneration can be diagnosed by eye examinations. Diabetes can be detected by eye examinations also. Diabetic retinopathy harms the blood vessels behind the retina so diabetics should have annual eye examinations .

Sunglasses protect the eyes from ultra violet rays which can cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Eye protection such as goggles protect the eyes from burns, small flying objects, and accidental fingers.

Contact lenses should not be left in the eyes overnight because of the risk of infection in the eyes. Keep the hands and contact lenses clean. The contact lenses should be stored in a fresh solution while the contact lenses are not worn. Don’t wear contact lenses in a hot tub or while swimming.

A well balanced diet is good for overall healthy eyes. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E promote eye health. Foods with vitamin C are papaya, cantaloupe, strawberries, green peppers, oranges, and tomatoes. Foods with vitamin E include almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, safflower and corn oils. Foods with lutein promote healthy eyes also. The foods that contain lutein are kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, and broccoli.

Be cautious with medications. Some medications can lead to glaucoma, cataracts, and make cataract surgery difficult. Always mention to your eye doctor the medications you are currently taking.

Too much time in front of the computer may cause computer vision syndrome (CVS). CVS causes eyestrain, blurred eyesight, and dry eyes. To help with too much computer time, the computer screen should be 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches distant from the eyes. The glare of the computer screen should be lessened by drawn drapes, dimming the monitor’s brightness, dimming the overhead lights, and a monitor hood on the computer screen. One can use an anti-glare computer screen filter or wear anti-glare glasses.

One’s eyesight is so precious that there should be nothing that stands in the way of keeping our eyes healthy.

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