6 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Vision - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on March 18, 2016

6 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Vision

Visiting your eye doctor on a regular basis is the best way to protect your vision and see your best.

Visiting your eye doctor on a regular basis
is the best way to protect your vision
and see your best.

Protecting your eye health and vision is an important part of your overall wellbeing – it plays a huge role throughout life, helping you learn, communicate, see all that the world has to offer and maintain your independence as you age.

Here are six things you can do now to protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy for the future.

1. Wear Sunglasses

Sure, sunglasses can be a fashion statement with all the different styles and designers out there. But the most important purpose sunglasses serve is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Allowing your eyes to get too much UV exposure can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration over time.

Sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays will provide your eyes with the best protection.

2. Use Safety Eyewear

When you work with hazardous or airborne materials at home or at work, you should always wear safety glasses or protective goggles. Objects can become airborne and chemicals can splash even when you’re experienced working with them and being incredibly careful. Protecting your eyes from these hazards will prevent you from pain and potential vision loss.

You should also consider wearing protective eyewear when playing certain sports that could cause eye injury – such as ice hockey, lacrosse and racquetball.

3. Give Your Eyes A Break From Your Computer

It can feel tough to get away from your computer screen, especially if your job requires you to work on one. But staring at a computer screen for too long can cause eye strain, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, and trouble focusing at a distance. It can also lead to neck, back and shoulder pain. Rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. You should also try to get up from your desk every two hours for a 15-minute break.

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, make sure your prescription is up-to-date and adequate for working on a computer.

4. Eat a Healthy Diet

You are what you eat, and that’s true for your eye health as well. Studies show eating food that contains nutrients like vitamins C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and lutein may help prevent age-related vision issues, including macular degeneration and cataracts.

Foods that can positively impact your eye health include:

  • Salmon, tuna and other oily fish
  • Oranges and citrus fruits and juices
  • Green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale
  • Beans, eggs, nuts and other non-meat protein sources

5. Quit Smoking

Smoking cigarettes has been proven over and over again to be incredibly detrimental to your overall health. Your eye health is no different – smoking makes you more likely to develop optic nerve damage, cataracts and macular degeneration. Learn more about how to quit.

6. Regularly Visit Your Eye Doctor

Visiting your eye doctor on a regular basis is the best way to protect your vision and see your best. Routine eye exams not only check to make sure you’re seeing clearly, but they also check for and catch some eye diseases early when they’re easier to treat, such as glaucoma.

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