Your eyes are extremely important and need to be looked after with great care. There are some simple things you can do to safeguard your sight and maintain healthy eyes throughout your life. Sight allows us to see the beauty of this world and enjoy its many wonders.

Have an extensive eye exam with the eyes being dilated with drops. This enables the pupil to expand allowing the doctor to look at the back of the eye examining the eye for any disorder or damage. There are some disorders like glaucoma or macular degeneration that has no noticeable signs so dilating and examining the back of the eye is the way to look for this type of disorder. An eye examine could also detect that you may have better sight with glasses or contact lenses.

It is imperative to know your family’s eye health history. Many eye disorders and diseases are found to be inheritable. The family history will be helpful in establishing if you are at a greater risk for developing an eye disorder or disease.

Eating the right foods can help keep your eyes healthy. Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables especially dark green vegetables like turnip greens or salad greens. Research has shown that eating fish high in omega-3 like tuna or bluefish can be beneficial for healthy eyes.

Smoking is bad for your eyes as well as the rest of your body. Smoking increases the likelihood that you may develop age-related macular degeneration, damage to the optic nerve or cataracts which are serious conditions that may lead to blindness if not discovered in time.

Wear sunglasses to keep your eyes healthy as they will safeguard your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Cataracts and macular degeneration can be a result if eyes are subjected to the sun without appropriate eyewear. Buy sunglasses which blocks ninety-nine percent to one hundred percent of both UVA and UVB rays and wear them all year round!

It is imperative to wear safety eyewear while at work, at home or taking part in sports. If you work with hazardous matter at home or at work always protect your eyes with proper safety eyewear. Certain sports like ice hockey can lead to eye injuries so it is imperative to wear appropriate eyewear while playing this type of sport.

Staring at a computer can cause headaches, eyestrain, focusing problems and dry eye. Make sure you have the accurate prescription for your glasses or contacts. There are some wonderful lenses for those long stretches at the computer that will make a tremendous difference to reducing eye fatigue and headaches. A good practice is the 20-20-20 rule. 20 minutes on computer, 20 full blinks, 20 seconds looking into the distance.

Have regular eye examinations to keep your eyes healthy and protect your precious sight. These are some simple steps to follow in the health of your eyes. It is also imperative that children have regular eye check-ups to safeguard against any eye disease or condition.

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