Healthy eyes are vital to your quality of life. Read on as the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children shares the following eye-care tips.
TIP: Have a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam
Many people only see an eye doctor when they’re starting to notice eye problems, such as blurred vision. We recommend visiting an eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In addition to checking for apparent vision problems, it can help determine such eye conditions as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, which often show no warning signs. A comprehensive dilated eye exam detects these diseases in their early stages, allowing early treatment.
TIP: Research Your Family’s Eye Health History
There are certain eye diseases that are genetic in nature, and can be inherited. For example, if your family has a history of macular degeneration, then you or your children may have a predisposition to it. This is yet another reason for you and your children to see an eye care professional.
TIP: Wear Protective Eyewear
In addition to prescription glasses, keep your eyes safe by wearing protective eyewear. This is especially important when you’re playing sports or when doing carpentry work. A local optometrist can help you choose the right eyewear for these activities.
TIP: Eat Food With the Right Nutrients
Foods rich in zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene are proven to help age-related decline in eye health. Recent studies have also pointed to omega-3 fatty acids as having the same benefits. In addition to carrots, fruits, dark leafy greens and fish like salmon, tuna and halibut should be present in your diet.
TIP: Rest Your Eyes
More and more jobs require staring for long hours at the computer, which can cause eyestrain if you don’t rest your eyes often enough. Keep the “20-20-20 rule” in mind: for every 20 minutes of using your computer, look at an object 20 feet from you (or close your eyes) for 20 seconds. The minute that you take out of every hour of work can do wonders for keeping your eyes healthy.