YOUR HEALTH FIRST

9 Tips to Protect Your Peepers

Keeping your eyes healthy is a must, especially as we are constantly glued to our computer and phone screens. This can cause eyestrain; blurry vision; trouble focusing at a distance; dry eyes; headaches and neck, back and shoulder pain.

1. Eat well

Foods that are high in antioxidants can protect against cell damage in the eye, such as blackberries, raspberries, kale, beetroot, oranges and beans.

Other things we can add to our diet can help hydrate the eye, such as drinking more water and increasing your Omega-3 and Vitamin A intake with foods such as fish, carrots, nuts, seeds, avocados and flax oil.

2. Quit smoking

Smoking can increase your chances of developing cataracts, damage to your optic nerve and macular degeneration among others.

3. Maintain a healthy weight

It is important to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, which can lead to sight loss and is the leading cause of blindness in older people.

4. Wear sunglasses

Strong sunlight can damage your eyes and increases your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Wear sunglasses or contact lenses that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

5. Use protective eyewear

If you use hazardous or airborne materials at work or at home, or playing contact sports, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.

6. Take a break from screens

Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.

7. Get regular eye tests

An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up-to-date. It's also a vital check on the health of your eyes. An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

8. Exercise

Regular exercise stimulates circulation and oxygen intake, which are important for our eye health. 

9. Sleep

When we sleep, our eyes are continuously lubricated and irritants such as dust particles or smoke that may have got into the eyes during the day are cleared out.