Steps for Maintaining Good Eye Health
Eat a balanced diet
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish can help maintain healthy eyesight. Leafy greens like spinach and kale, as well as fish like salmon and tuna, contain important nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are all beneficial for eye health. For those over the age of 50, a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risks of age related macular degeneration.
Wear protective eyewear
Whether you're working on a DIY project, playing sports, at your job, or spending time outside, wearing protective eyewear can prevent eye injuries that can lead to vision loss. Talk to our optometrists or opticians about lens options that protect your eyes.
Take breaks from screen time
Millions of Americans suffer from negative symptoms after spending time on their digital device.
After a long time on a digital device there are many reasons why your eyes may get watery, itchy, tired, strained, lose their place or focus, wander, or feel dry.
These may include:
Strain or sleep problems from blue light exposure: The blue light emitted by electronic devices may potentially strain your eyes, cause hormonal issues, and cause digital eye strain.
Poor alignment: Eye alignment is one of the most common reasons why a person might feel strain from using a digital device. This can be helped through special lenses or therapy.
Dry Eye: While dry eye is a complex disease, the evidence shows that extended periods of time on digital devices mean we blink less and less fully, causing symptoms of dry eye.
Quit smoking and vaping
Smoking can increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and other eye diseases. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of these conditions and improve your overall health.
Get regular exercise
Get regular exercise: Exercise can help prevent eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by increasing blood flow to the eyes and reducing eye pressure. Incorporate eye health exercises into your workout routine for added benefits.
Keep your eyes clean
Proper eye hygiene can help prevent eye infections. Wash your hands before touching your eyes, avoid touching your eyes with dirty hands, and regularly clean your contact lenses and contact lens case. Be careful to not get your contact lenses wet with water or overuse contact lenses.
Know your family history
Certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, can be hereditary. Knowing your family's eye health history can help you take preventive measures and catch potential problems early.