How to keep your eyes healthy

Our eyes are a precious commodity, and, as such, we need to take care of them the best ways we can. One of the most common problems is eye strain. Rest your eyes regularly during periods of close work. Read and follow these other tips in order to keep your eyes healthy and in good condition:

Tip 1
The most important thing you can do is to have your eyes checked regularly by a professional optometrist. Be sure to tell your doctor about any differences you have noticed in your sight since your last visit.

By having regular eye examinations, especially the dilated eye exam, various eye diseases such as myopia, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts can be detected in their early stages of development, and treatment can begin in a timely manner. If you accidentally injure one or both of your eyes or get a foreign object in one or both of them, seek professional assistance immediately.

Tip 2
Purchase an effective pair of non-prescription or prescription sunglasses. Always wear sunglasses when you are outside. Your eyes need protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. And don’t be fooled by cloudy days either as the rays are still being emitted from the sun.

Tip 3
Wear safety glasses, even if you wear prescription glasses, at all times when you are working around the house doing tasks such as hammering, sawing, sanding, cutting, etc. Wear specially-designed goggles when welding, braising, etc. Wear safety glasses even when you are working with cement, mortar, paint, etc., to help keep splashes of chemicals out of your eyes.

Tip 4
Pay special attention to the prescriptions your doctor or healthcare professional gives you and any effects that you may notice on your vision. Contact your physician right away if you suspect that a new prescription is causing any eye problems such as blurriness, etc. Don’t wait to see if the problems clear up on their own.

Tip 5
Eat right! Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals so it can keep your eyes and vision healthy and fine. There are also many supplements on the market today which claim to have beneficial medical effects on the eyes. One such supplement is bilberry.

Bilberry fruit gets its claim to fame from World War II RAF pilots. The pilots swore that if they ate bilberry jam right before they went on a flying mission, it improved their night vision! True or not, bilberry can be found at your local health food store. This is not medically proven.

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