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Practices to Improve Your Eye Health

Healthy eyes are an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Your eyes play a vital role in understanding the world around you. Some eye diseases, on the other hand, might put your sight at risk. It is imperative to stay proactive and mindful of your eye health. Here are helpful tips for improving and maintaining your eye health.

Maintain a Healthy And Balanced Diet

Just as you would fuel your body, your eyes need to be fueled with quality, nutritious foods as well. Improved eye health starts with the foods you eat. Green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, foods high in Omega-3s, eggs, beans, and nuts are a power-up to improve your overall eye health!

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise helps reduce, control, and even prevent high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other known conditions that affect your eye health. Walking hand-in-hand with your diet, exercise and healthy, balanced meals can help keep your eye healthy and nourished.

Learn About Your Family’s Medical History And Other Health Risks

Understanding your family’s medical history, alongside your personal medical history and existing illnesses, is important, as some eye illnesses are hereditary. As you are at higher risk of getting any eye diseases that run in the family, it is helpful to know the steps to lower your risk and start performing these factors as early as possible.

Use Protective Eyewear

Whether for work, sport, or hobby, protective eyewear is crucial to prevent the risk or possibility of injury. The use of protective eyewear can reduce the probability of dust and other particles entering the eye, bruising or damage to the eye, or exposure to harsh chemicals or light.

Read more about protective eyewear on our blog.

Wear Sunglasses When Outdoors

Protect your vision from harmful UV rays by wearing UV-block sunglasses. Read more tips for UV protection on our blog.

Reduce Screen Time

Blue light, also known as high-energy visible light, is emitted from most digital screens. As the human eye cannot filter out blue light, this harmful light penetrates through to the retina – leading to eyestrain, headache, blurred vision, and other symptoms. Reduce your exposure to blue light by wearing blue light specific glasses or limiting your time behind a screen. If necessary for work, follow the 20-20-20 rule.  For every 20 minutes of screentime, take a quick 20-second break to focus on an object at least 20 feet away.

Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Routine visits to your eye care professional will keep track of your eye health and bring attention to any concerns or discomfort. When speaking with your doctor, make sure to mention your family’s and personal medical history, amount of screen time, workplace, and hobbies to narrow down the discomfort or possible changes in vision. Your doctor may recommend other tips and practices to help with eye strain, safety, and overall eye health. Our trained staff will work with you to diagnose any vision problems and suggest the best treatment options and corrective and protective measures for your eyes. Schedule an appointment or visit us today!