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4 Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

4 Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

When you think about a healthy lifestyle, your mind probably wanders toward lifting weights, jogging, or just staying active. And while that’s all well and good for certain parts of your body, you shouldn’t ignore the one part of your body that you actively albeit subconsciously use every day: your eyes. The good news is that keeping your eyes healthy isn’t as strenuous as a regimented workout routine. Armed with a bit of knowledge and discipline, you can make sure your eyes stay healthy, no matter what your lifestyle is.

1. Eat Right

Diet plays a vital role in the health of your eyes. Vitamins A, C, and E can all help you maintain eye health, so eat lots of leafy greens and carrots to keep your eyes healthy. Moreover, you should eat fish that’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as tuna, salmon, or halibut. Omega-3 has been proven in studies to strengthen your eyes and reduce the chance of eye diseases later in life.

Furthermore, a healthy diet can help you avoid diabetes associated with weight gain. When you get diabetes, you’re at a heightened risk for glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. Eat right, and you won’t have to worry about it.

2. Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses don’t just make you look cool. They can also prevent eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. When you’re out in the sun without sunglasses, the UV rays of the sun can cause your vision to deteriorate and increase the chances of these diseases. No matter where you live, keep a pair of sunnies handy.

3. Give Your Eyes a Rest

Around 80% of U.S. workers use a computer in some capacity at their jobs. And while computers are an integral part of most people’s careers, they can cause significant strain on your eyes. If you use a computer, use the 20/20/20 rule. Roughly every 20 minutes, look 20 feet ahead of you for at least 20 seconds. This can help you reduce eye strain and keep your eyes healthy.

If you wear contacts, it’s the same idea. Don’t sleep in your contacts and every so often, wear glasses to give your eyes a break.

4. Know Your Family History

A number of eye diseases and ailments are genetic, so if you’ve had a family member with an eye problem, you need to know exactly what ailment they have. By understanding what you may have to deal with in the future, you can reduce the chance of a debilitating illness and perhaps even lessen its effects as you age.

Know When To See a Doctor

In most cases, age, genetics, and other factors will eventually cause your eyesight to diminish. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just a part of life. However, you shouldn’t wait to see the eye doctor.

By regularly scheduling eye exams, you can make sure your eyes are healthy, avoid disease, and even strengthen your eyesight through LASIK if you’re the right candidate. The only thing you have to risk is clearer vision.

Dr Alexandra Chebil in Orange County isn’t just any Ophthalmologist.  Our practice is dedicated to personalized care in a private setting.  Your eye health always comes first with us.  Call us to book an appointment and find out of vision correction surgery is what you need to live a life free from eyeglasses or contact lenses.