Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is great, but seeing the world with clear and bright eyesight is even better. Most of the people are blessed with eyesight from the day they are born, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to take care of it in order for it to remain in the same or at least approximate condition as it was when they got it. Here are all the precautionary measures you need to take to maintain good eyesight.
Eat a balanced diet
When it comes to health, we always return to the one thing that is the basics of it all – balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables are not only good for maintaining a healthy weight, they are also beneficial for your eyes, especially if you include a lot of dark leafy greens. Other foods that can help your eyesight are tuna, salmon, walnuts and other omega-3 rich ingredients. A balanced diet will also prevent obesity, which is believed to increase the risk of glaucoma and is a common cause of vision loss and diabetes.
Protect your eyes from the sun
UVA and UVB radiation can cause significant damage to your eyesight. That’s why sunglasses with UV protection are recommended from the leading ophthalmologists, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For additional protection, you can always wear a cap, wide-brimmed hat or a visor.
Give your eyes a screen-rest
Many of today’s professions require long hours of sitting in front of the computer screen. This can cause eyestrain and make you feel very tired. It is essential that you give your eyes a short rest from the screen every twenty minutes by focusing on something else that is about 20 feet away. Also, it is useful to blink often.
Ditch the bad habits
There are many bad habits that can harm your eyesight, and one of the worst ones is smoking. Smoking can damage the blood vessels in and around your eyes and increase the risk for weight loss. Some other bad habits you should get rid of are watching TV at night, staring at your smartphone, sleeping with contacts in, overusing eye drops, rubbing your eyes and putting your makeup too close to your eyes.
Make regular visits to your eye care provider
Even if nothing is wrong with your eyesight, regular visits (every two years) to your eye care provider are essential for preventing any future problems. People who have a higher risk of developing eyesight issues should visit their doctor more frequently. You are at greater risk if you have a family history of eye diseases and if your lifestyle (e.g. working in front of a computer) is making you sensitive to eye problems. Also, if you are wearing glasses or contact lenses, you should have your eyes checked frequently.
Make dilated eye exams a part of your routine eye check
Dilated eye exams can help you detect medical conditions such as glaucoma and AMD early on, which can be very useful in treating these conditions and preventing vision loss. They are quite simple, and require only putting drops in your eyes to widen your pupils and enable a thorough exam.
Take care of your glasses/contact lenses
If you are using either one of these two, you need to maintain them properly. Glasses should be kept clean by rinsing with water, before the wiping. If you are using sprays to clean them, make sure you are using the ones that are intended specifically for glasses. It is also important to use an adequate cloth and store them properly. As for the contact lenses, you should always wash your hands before handling them, minimize the contact with water and replace them after a certain period.
These tips should help you have a clear view of the world for a long time. As long as you make health your priority, you shouldn’t have any problems with that.