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Four Tips For Improving Your Eye Health

by Stella Robinson

Whether you have perfect vision or not, eye health is extremely important. It includes everything from visiting your optometrist regularly to eating well and protecting your eyes. Here are some easy ways to improve your eye health and avoid more serious eye-related illnesses. 

Take Eye Breaks During the Day

If you work in an office, you likely stare at the computer screen a good portion of the day. When you are busy working, it can be tempting to do this for hours on end without looking away, but this is extremely bad for your eyes. Try to remember to give your eyes a break by looking down, up, or away from your computer screen. Even if you only do it for a few seconds at a time, it will help give your eyes a rest. It also helps with tension headaches and neck or shoulder pain, which are common when you are looking in one direction for too long.

Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

It feels great to get outside and enjoy the sunshine as you soak up the vitamin D, but your eyes don't love it as much as you do. It is important that you always protect your eyes when you are outside. Try to remember to wear sunglasses every time you are outdoors during the day, even on cloudy or overcast days. The UV rays can still affect your eyes, even if it doesn't feel like a bright or sunny day. In addition to sunglasses, wearing a hat or visor also helps to shield your eyes.

Take Vitamins

Vitamins are not only good for your body and diet but for your eyes as well. For proper eye health, you should be getting a good balance of vitamins and minerals every day. Good vitamins for eye health include zinc, lutein, omega-3, vitamin C and E, and vitamin D. These are best to get from food sources, such as whole grains, fruit, tuna, salmon, beans, nuts, kale, and eggs. However, if you don't eat nutritious foods, at least take a multi-vitamin every day.

Have Your Eyes Checked

A common mistake people make is assuming you don't need to see the optometrist because you don't have vision problems. However, your eye doctor does more than supply you with corrective eyewear. You also need eye exams to look at your eye health and look for signs of conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration (click here for more info).