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5 tips for maintaining good eye health

Your eyesight is important. Maintain your good eye sight with these five tips:

  1. Eat healthy to promote good vision

You are what you eat.  Protecting your eyes starts with the foundation of a good diet. Nutrients called omega 3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help to reduce eye problems that are caused by bad dieting. Medical studies show that regularly consuming the following types of foods can help promote good eye health.

  • Green vegetables such as spinach kale, collards and green peas
  • Salmon, tuna, and cod liver oil
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and almonds
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes.
  1. Avoid smoking and quit if you currently smoke

Smoking is an unhealthy habit in general, but it also has an unhealthy impact on your vision. Smoking increases the risk of cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.

  1. Wear proper sunglasses for protection

Sunglasses can help to protect your eyes from ultra violet rays. UV exposure can increase the chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. The best sunglasses block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses that are polarized help reduce glare while driving and during water sports and activities.

  1. Utilize safety eyewear

Certain occupations require working with hazardous materials or airborne materials. For these jobs it is best to wear safety glasses or protective goggles. For sports it is very important to wear protective eyewear.  Following proper safety regulations will help to maintain good eye health and avoid injuries.

  1. Computer Vision Syndrome

Staring at screens too long can damage your eyes causing eye strain, blurry vision, headaches, and dry eyes. If your occupation requires long hours in front of a computer screen you may want to consider anti-reflective coatings designed to reduce monitor screen glare and eye strain.  Ask our doctors for other tips on how to reduce the risk of CVS.

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