Eye health is something that most people don’t really think about too often, and as a result we tend to take our vision for granted. If you wear prescription eyeglassesor contact lenses, you may already have a small idea of how difficult life could be if you were to completely lose your vision – especially if you’re acutely nearsighted or farsighted. Though it’s not talked about all the time, believe it or not there are plenty of easy ways to help safeguard your eye health. Take a look at our list and find out what you can do to protect your baby blues, browns, hazels, grays, and greens.
Your Eye Health Starts With You
Wear Those Shades
Sunglasses are so much more than just a fashion statement. Quality lenses not only shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays (which can lead to cataracts), they also can help keep you from squinting (watch those wrinkles!).
Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer? Safety Glasses Are A Must
Over 40% of eye injuries happen around the home, most often when working on DIY projects. Whether you’re under the sink or under the hood, a simple pair of safety glasses or goggles will go a long way towards protecting your eye health.
Watch Your Overall Health and Wellness
Your lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on your eye health. First of all, if you smoke you should quit – not just for your eyes, of course, but for multiple health reasons. But as far as your vision is concerned smoking tobacco hikes your risks for optic nerve damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
What you eat counts, as well. Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale and the omega-3 fatty acids from fish like salmon and tuna are great for your eyes and your overall health, too. Plus, eating better will help you maintain a healthier weight and reduce your risk of diabetes, the primary origin of adult blindness.
If you feel like you’ve been squinting more and more, make sure you schedule an appointment with an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a thorough check up. Your vision is worth it!