How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
You might be seeing your eye doctor every year, but what do you do in the time between visits? Eye health is a lifelong commitment, both in the clinic and outside. Here are some tips on how to maintain your eye health from the comfort of your own home.
Maintain a good diet. Your diet is important, as there are many nutrients that can keep your eyes healthy. Omega-3 is found in fatty fish and supplements and is known to help reduce inflammation, including in your eyes.
Studies have found that Vitamin C can help reduce the risk of cataracts. This is found in fresh fruit such as oranges, apples, and kiwis. It’s also a good idea to watch your weight, as diabetes is a common cause of blindness.
Protect your eyes. Eyewear of all kinds are helpful in preventing conditions from forming or getting worse. Find sunglasses that block UV rays as best as possible. UV exposure to your eyes can increase the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. If you’re working with hazardous or other dangerous materials, wear protective eyewear to prevent things from getting in your eye that shouldn’t be there.
Take a break. No matter if you’re reading, watching TV, or working at your computer, it’s important to look away and rest your eyes every hour or so. This helps reduce eye strain, dry eyes, blurry vision, and even headaches. You might even want to consider anti-glare screens that can prevent eye strain.
Get some exercise. Studies have found that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Just remember to wear sunglasses if it’s bright outside!
With regular visits to the eye doctor, these tips can help you maintain your eyesight for many years to come. Contact us at Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski to arrange your next visit.