What are you doing to protect your eyes? Although genetics does play a big role in your eyesight, there are things that can be done to protect and preserve your vision. Here is a list of things that you can do:
1. Put down the cigarettes – smoking causes blood vessels to narrow including in the eyes which leads to an increased risk of macular degeneration and damage to your optic nerves.
2. Wear sunglasses – protect your eyes by investing in a good pair of shades with 100% UVA and UVB protection. Exposure to UV rays can increase your chances of developing cataracts and melanoma (yes it is possible to develop cancer in your eyes!).
3. Unclog the glands and ducts – get into the habit of using a warm compress on your eye lids daily to unclog eye glands and tear ducts. They can easily become clogged which can lead to infection.
4. Eat your greens – Carrots are good for the eyes, but so are dark, leafy greens. They are rich in antioxidants that protect the eyes. Foods rich in omega -3 fatty acids can also counteract dry eyes.
5. Hygiene for the eyes – for those who are contact lens wearers, washing your hands before you put in or take out contact lenses is a must in order to avoid infections.
6. Yearly checkups – Book in for annual eye exams just as you do for your general health. Not only do optometrists check your prescription, they check the health of your eyes and watch for any eye related diseases.
How are your eyes doing?