Keep Your Vision Healthy | 2022-08-09

Imagine for a moment that you have lost your ability to see or that your sight has been impaired.

It’s a scary thought! However, there are simple steps you can take — starting today — to help keep your vision healthy, according to the National Eye Institute. Here are a few:
Get a comprehensive eye exam. Do you think your vision is perfect? A dilated eye exam is the only way to know for sure. Some eye diseases have no warning signs. By dilating your pupil, an eye care professional can view the back of the eye and look for signs of damage or disease.
Wear protective goggles. Whether you’re on a job site, mowing your lawn, or relaxing at the beach, it’s important to wear protective eyewear, whether it’s safety glasses or sunglasses. Make sure your sunglasses block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Follow an eye-healthy diet. The NEI states that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens) can help maintain healthy eyesight. And research has shown that eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, including salmon, tuna, and halibut, can benefit eye health.
Stop the nicotine habit. Add “eye health” to your list of reasons to quit smoking. “Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, as well as cataract and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness,” says the NEI.
Give your eyes a break. Do you stare at a computer screen or smartphone for long periods of time? To help prevent eye strain, practice the “20-20-20 rule”: every 20 minutes, look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

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