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5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Wow! Every 13 minutes someone shows up in the hospital with a sports-related eye injury; more than 800,000 eye injuries happen in the workplace each year; 60 percent of adults have never had an eye exam. Are you taking your sight for granted? Here are 5 ways to keep your eyes as healthy as possible:

1. Get an Eye Exam

If you’ve never had an eye exam, or it’s been more than year, schedule an eye exam. Vision can deteriorate so slowly that you may not even realize that you’ve got a problem. Some eye conditions, like glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration may not have symptoms. The National Eye Institute (NEI) says a dilated eye exam is the only way to find some eye problems before it’s too late.

2. Make Healthy Choices

It’s as true for your eyes as it is for your overall health.

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. According to the NEI, there are eye health benefits to a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens.
  • Watch your weight. Obesity raises the risk of diabetes and other conditions that can affect your eyes.
  • Manage chronic diseases. Certain conditions, like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and hypertension, can affect the eyes and should be monitored regularly.

3. Check Your Family History

Some eye disease are hereditary. Tell your eye doctor if eye diseases run in your family so you can catch problems early on.

4. Use Protection

Many eye injuries can be avoided simply by wearing safety glasses, sports goggles, or eye guards. If your hobbies or workplace increase your chances of eye injury, play it safe — protect those precious eyes.

5. Wear Sunglasses

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes and lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and astigmatism. The NEI recommends sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.

May is Healthy Vision Month. Have you scheduled your eye exam? For more information, visit the National Eye Institute.

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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1:17AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Nice article, Also add that use some natural ingredients like rose water or honey in your eyes to keep eyesight well

1:02AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

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4:59AM PDT on May 31, 2014

thanks

9:45AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

7:07PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Macula Holes ARE in your genes if ANYONE had that

3:35PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Thanks. We need our eyes to be healthy.

1:31AM PDT on May 26, 2014

THANKS FOR THE GOOD SUGGESTIONS.

10:09AM PDT on May 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing .

8:39PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thank you!

8:37PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thank you!

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