Our vision is so valuable, yet many of us take our sight for granted. It’s important to maintain our eye health because eyes can reveal a lot of internal health issues such as cholesterol and diabetes among other eye-related problems. Early detection with regular comprehensive eye exams is critical to the diagnosis and treatment of such potential problems. For this reason, many believe that eyes really are the windows to the soul. Taking care of your eyes now will allow for a lifetime of healthy vision.
Here are 5 simple tips for improved vision so you can maintain the health of you eyes for years to come:
- Eat eye-healthy foods
There are many foods that are rich in nutrients that are good for your eyes. These nutrients and vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Fish such as salmon and tuna are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids and orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin are packed with vitamin A. In addition, leafy greens such as kale contain eye-healthy antioxidants. See eating your way to healthy vision for more information.
- Eye protection
Whether you’re in the sun, swimming, or working on a project, it is important to wear the appropriate eye protection. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the damaging effects of UV rays. Excessive UV exposure can make you more susceptible to cataracts and macular degeneration. Goggles keep chlorine from entering and irritating your eyes as well as bacteria that can lead to infection. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses because they should never come in contact with water. When working on a project that may produce airborne materials or dust and debris, safety goggles are a must. Don’t forget about eye protection when playing sports that can lead to injury such as in ice hockey.
- Keep your eyes clean
Eyes are exposed to dust and other pollutants that can cause irritation. Keeping your eyes clean will help to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. This includes removing eye makeup before bed or if you wear contact lenses, frequently cleaning your lenses and its case. Contact lenses are like sponges for dust so washing your hands before touching your lenses will help to prevent any debris from being transferred to your eyes.
- Give your eyes a rest
Give your eyes a rest by taking breaks after prolonged computer use or reading. Your eyes are constantly working which can lead to eye fatigue and strain and in turn even headaches and blurred vision. Looking at something other than what you’ve been focusing on every 20 minutes can help to combat this. Look at something new at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This is referred to as the 20/20/20 rule. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make, so give it a try! If you have time, taking a break to get some fresh air is never a bad idea. In addition, if you’re at a computer all day your eyes can become very dry, because you’re blinking less, which can be very uncomfortable. Blinking less means less lubrication, which results in dry eyes. Remember, eye muscles like any other muscles, can be overworked!
- If you’re a smoker, quit!
It sounds easier said then done but did you know smoking actually increases your risk of getting cataracts and macular degeneration? The more a person smokes, the higher the risk. Quitting smoking is one of the best investments you can make in your long-term eye health.
Buda Vision Source
At Buda Vision Source we are passionate about making sure that vision remains healthy and optimal for all our patients. One of the most important things you can do to maintain your eye health is to have comprehensive annual eye exams. We are committed to performing comprehensive, thorough eye health evaluations utilizing state of the art technology to ensure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date. We screen for and treat numerous problematic conditions including glaucoma, retinopathy, keratoconus, macular degeneration, and red eye. If you would like to book your comprehensive eye examination, contact us at 512-295-0076 today!