What you do now affects your future. The same applies when it comes to eye care. If you take the right steps today, you’ll enjoy good eyesight for the years to come. Follow the tips below to set yourself up for a brighter and clearer tomorrow.
Watch What You Eat
Start your journey to better eye health by looking down on your plate. It turns out, your old granny is right for making (or forcing, dare we say) you eat your greens. Leafy vegetables rich with vitamin C, along with fish, eggs, beef, seeds, citrus fruits, and nuts, are the superfoods for your eyes. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc, these food items help prevent vision issues that come with age, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Ditch the Stick
Smokers are three to four times more likely to develop eye diseases, from dry eye syndrome to cataract. We know, kicking the habit is easier said than done. But do so, and your lungs and eyes will thank you. If you’re having a hard time giving up the stick, keep on trying and do it slowly. You may also turn to your doctor for help.
Love the Shades
Who doesn’t love some sunshine from time to time? However, too much UV exposure can harm your eyes and lead to cataracts and macular degeneration. While you’re having fun under the sun, make sure to wear the right pair of sunglasses. Take note: not just any shades will do. Look for a pair with 99% to 100% UV protection. If you’re wearing contact lenses, shop for ones with UV protection.
Don’t Make Your Eye Doctor Miss You
For most people, eye checkup becomes an afterthought. We only visit our eye doctors when we start experiencing vision issues and unexplainable headache. Newsflash: This practice doesn’t make for healthy, clear eyesight.
Kids and adults alike should make it a habit to get eye screenings regularly. This is the only way your doctor can detect eye problems and prevent them from getting worse. An eye exam usually includes vision testing, refraction test, and dilated eye exam. If your doctor believes that there’s a serious eye problem, they might refer you to an ophthalmologist who can perform further procedures, such as a laser eye surgery for glaucoma.
Take Screen Breaks
Yes, you’re no longer a child who needs to be reminded to take time off from screens, but we’re doing it anyway. Save yourself from eyestrain and dry eyes by taking a break every 20 minutes. Making sure your screen is at eye level also helps reduce the risks of eye discomforts. Also, don’t forget to blink.
Let Go of Old Makeup
We understand how much you love that liquid eyeliner. Fair warning, though: If it’s more than three months old, it can be a breeding place for bacteria. What should jazz your lookup might give you an eye infection instead.
You’ll also want to think twice before trying out store samples and sharing your makeup with other people. Viral and bacterial eye infections are highly contagious. Remember, even adults can get pink eye.
It’s possible to improve your eyesight or keep your vision clear in the coming years. Simply follow the tips above to ensure you’re on the right track.