Your eyes work for you day in and out, playing a vital role as you navigate through the day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some tips for taking charge of your eye health.
1. Know your Genes
While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have inherited glaucoma from your mother’s side of the family. Your genes are an important factor in your eye health as many eye diseases are known to be hereditary. It’s vital that you know your family’s eye health history. Sharing this with your eye care practitioner will help us determine which diseases you’re at risk for so that we can help put you on the right path for prevention or treatment.
2. Protect your eyes
Whether it’s from strong UV rays from the sun when you are outside or from hazards in the workplace, there is protective eyewear available that is suitable to the environment you’re in. That means sunglasses when you’re outside, specialized glasses for the sports you play or protective goggles to keep dangerous substances found at home or in the workplace from harming your sight.
3. Maintain your eye health by eating right
Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale have proven to be beneficial for your eye health. Fish high in omega 3 fatty acids are also known to aid in maintaining healthy eyes. It is important to have an overall healthy lifestyle so if you smoke, quit. Be sure to maintain a healthy weight too.
4. Give them a break
Your eyes work really hard every day, especially if you are in front of a screen. Remember to apply the 20-20- 20 rule to prevent eye strain: every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
5. Get a Dilated eye exam
Be sure to have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. A thorough check is the only way to spot any problems that exist or are developing. Some eye diseases have no warning signs at all and can only be detected in this way.
All of these tips will help you keep your sight in check and go a long way in ensuring that you maintain healthy sight your whole life through.
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