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How Can You Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

Ever get sand or dirt in your eye and it gets so irritated and painful that you can’t even open it?  Now you are walking around with one eye scrunched shut because it is itchy, red, and tearing like crazy.  We all take our eyesight for granted until something like getting sand in your eye happens, and you realize just how important your eyesight is.  The following tips can help you protect your peepers for life.

Apple of my eye

To keep your eyes in the best condition, eat foods are good for your eye health.  Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help protect your eyes from vision issues like cataracts and degeneration.  Green leafy veggies, salmon, tuna, eggs, beans, and nuts are all good choices.  Plus, a healthy diet maintains a healthy weight which lowers your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of adult blindness.

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Well, you should at least wear them during the day—every day.  The UV radiation from the sun can really cause damage to your eyes and initiate problems like cataracts, cornea burns, and eyelid cancer.  Even on cloudy or snowy days, you can be exposed to UV rays so invest in a good pair of shades that block UV-A and UV-B rays.

Gimme a Break

We are all guilty of spending too much time in front of the computer screen—whether it be for work or play.  Staring at the computer or phone screen for long periods of time can result in eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes or headaches.  So, for every 20 minutes spent searching the internet, take a 20 second break and focus on an object in the distance.

Sexy Safety Glasses

Okay, so they are not the least bit sexy, but that are important to ensure your eyes are protected.  Almost half of all eye injuries happen at home, not at work, so wear them whenever working on a project that involves flying debris or chemicals.  The lenses should be made of polycarbonate plastic, which is able to resist impact 10 times more than other materials.  Safety glasses are a good idea for certain sports as well.

I Spy With my Little Eye

Even if you do not need glasses, getting regular eye exams protects your sight as you age because eye exams can find any eye problems before they become serious.  Some diseases like glaucoma, have no symptoms, so treating them early on gets the best results.

Eye for an Eye

Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria so it should be replaced every three months.  Always clean your face and eyes completely before going to bed because leftover eye makeup can cause an infection.    If you have an eye infection, throw out all of your eye makeup, and start with new ones once the infection has cleared.

Clean as a Whistle

If you wear contact lenses, take care of your eyes by keeping them squeaky clean.  Wash your hands before touching your eyes to put in or remove the contacts.  Cleaning and drying the contact case is just as important as cleaning the actual lenses.  Replace the contacts when recommended—whether daily or monthly.

Your vision plays a critical role in your daily life.  Taking a few preventative measures now will keep your eyes healthy for the future.