Your eyes are one of your body’s most important parts, helping you see the world around you, allowing you to do most things in life. However, many people tend to take them for granted, not realizing that some eye diseases, if left untreated, can lead to vision loss.
So don’t let it be like the saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Here’s how to keep a healthy eye on…well, how to have healthy eyes.
In This Article:
- Stop Smoking
- Wear Eye Protection
- Reduce Your Screen Time
- Wash Your Hands
- Have a Healthy and Balanced Diet
Healthy Eyes – How to Protect the Window to Your Soul
First and foremost, you need to stop smoking right away; if you don’t smoke, then good for you. Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs; it also can damage your eyes.
Smoking can exacerbate diabetes-related vision disorders by causing damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye (the retina). Smokers are three times more likely to experience age-related macular degeneration, a disease that damages a person’s central vision, making it harder to see small detail.
In addition, by smoking, you will also indirectly affect other people’s health by making them second-hand smokers.
Wear Eye Protection
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy eye is always to remember to wear eye protection no matter where you are. Ultraviolet light from the sun can be very harmful to your eyes.
Cataracts are cloudings in the lens of the eye, which are responsible for concentrating the light we see. They are more likely to thrive when exposed to UV radiation.
Macular degeneration is a condition that occurs when the retina is damaged. This eye condition is more likely to occur if you are exposed to UV radiation for an extended period.
Wear a hat to protect your eyes from being exposed directly to UV light. UV light is not the only thing that is harmful to your eyes; working environments like factories and construction sites are filled with dust and harmful chemicals. Certain sports such as skiing and swimming are also dangerous for your eyes, so eye protection is needed.
Reduce Your Screen Time
Nowadays, most of us tend to live our lives revolving around devices like our phones, tablet, computer monitor, laptop, or television. These screens project high concentrated rays of blue light, which can cause:
- Blurred vision
- Dry eyes
- Trouble focusing at a distance
If this happens frequently and for a long time, your vision worsens, and you could lose it.
To avoid this:
- Get yourself a pair of blue light glasses
- Blink frequently or use artificial tears if your eye becomes dry
- Keep your distance with the screen about 20 to 24 inch away from your eye
- Look away or take a break from the screen every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away for about 20 second
Wash Your Hands
Keeping your hands clean is crucial when it comes to your eyes, especially if you’re a person who likes to wear contact lenses. According to one study, your hand comes in contact with your healthy eye more frequently than you know.
Infections of the eyes, such as bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), can be caused by germs and bacteria from the hands. What is on your fingertips goes straight into the top of your healthy eye when you tap it. Rubbing your eyes when cold virus germs are on your hands is one reason people get colds.
To avoid touching your healthy eye with your dirty hands, you should frequently and thoroughly wash your hand with mild soap and water, especially your fingertips, as they are the most likely to touch your eyes. Then rinse your hands with warm water and dry them with a lint-free towel.
Have a Healthy and Balanced Diet
A good healthy eye starts with a balanced diet, nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein, which can help prevent age-related vision problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration. These are some foods you should add to your diet:
- Tuna, salmon, and other oily fish
- Pork and oyster
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
- Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collards
- Nuts, eggs, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
A well-balanced diet can also assist you in maintaining a healthier weight. Obesity and associated disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, which is the primary cause of blindness in adults, are reduced as a result.
Have you ever experienced any kind of eye condition before? What do you do to keep your eyes strong and healthy? Tell us your secrets in the comment below!