While it’s true that the risk of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts increase as we age, we can take preventative steps to help ensure that our eyes remain healthy for years to come.
Consider adopting these 10 eye-healthy habits:
1. Get Regular Exams
Because eye health is an indicator of overall health, do not be tempted for forgo this important component of wellness. Eye exams are much more than vision correction.
2. Use Eye Wear Appropriately
Make sure that your prescriptions are up-to-date, that your eye wear fits properly, and that you use care when handling your contact lenses in order to avoid infection. Wear safety goggles any time you are working with chemicals or particles that could enter your eye. Always wear sunglasses outdoors.
3. Mind Your Makeup
Because bacteria flourish in mascara, tubes should be replaced every three months and never shared. Also, be sure to use care when lining the lids at the base of the lashes as this can lead to a blocking of the oil glands that help to shield the surface of the eyes.
4. Limit Screen Time
Between our computers, phones, and televisions, screens are a part of our everyday lives. Protecting our eyes from the side effects of too much screen time requires that we take short, frequent breaks.
5. Stay Hydrated
We know that dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, but it can also reduce tear production. Manufacturing tears is an important aspect of eye health because tears decrease the likelihood of infection and help to transport unwanted objects out of the eyes. Hydrating the body from the inside out by consuming plenty of water and blinking often will keep the eyes moist and comfortable.
6. Don’t Touch!
Rubbing your eyes when they are uncomfortable can only exacerbate the problem by causing abrasions on the cornea or visual distortions.
7. Kick the Nicotine Habit
Smoking increases the risk of several eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, uveltis, and diabetic retinopathy. It also contributes to dry eyes.
8. Go Green
Not only is green tea hydrating but it contains antioxidants known as catechins that contribute to eye health.
9. Eat Your Veggies
Mom was right; fruits and vegetables are good for you. The antioxidants that give fruits and veggies their vibrant colors also contribute to healthy eyes.
10. Get Fishy
The same heart-healthy benefits found in Omega-3 oils can boost eye health. ©