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Take Care of Your Eyes

Don't take your eyes for granted.

Eyesight is one of your most important senses because your eyes allow you to connect with your surroundings, keep you safe, and help you remain mentally sharp.

Protecting your eyes will reduce odds of blindness or low vision while also staying on top of any developing eye diseases, like cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

Take these easy steps to keep your peepers healthy.

1. Eat Properly!

Good eye health starts with the food on your plate.

Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.

For instance, think about these following aliments:

Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards

Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish

Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources

Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices

Oysters and pork

2. Dont smoke!

Smoking will prompt more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems.

3. Wear Sunglasses!

This to protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side.

Polarized lenses may reduce glare while you drive, but don’t necessarily offer added protection.

If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It's still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.

4. Use Safety Eyewear!

If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.

Sports like ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.

5. Look Away From the Computer Screen!

Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause:

  • Eyestrain

  • Blurry vision

  • Trouble focusing at a distance

  • Dry eyes

  • Headaches

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain

Final recommendation to protect your eyes:

  • Make sure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and good for looking at a computer screen.

  • If your eye strain won’t go away, talk to your doctor about computer glasses.

  • Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.

  • Try to avoid glare from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.

  • Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.

  • If your eyes are dry, blink more or try using artificial tears.

  • Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.



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