Simple tips for maintaining good eye sight

Keeping your eyes strong and healthy is not something to be taken for granted, especially in this era where we are constantly glued to bright computer and phone screens.

1. Maintaining a healthy diet

Generally, a good diet is the beginning of a healthy body so it is no surprise that a good eyesight with the food on you eat. A balanced diet helps you stay at a healthy weigh, effectively reduces the risk of having obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

Here are some foods that you should put on your diet to keep your eyes in good working condition:

  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fishes
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other protein sources that are not meat
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
  • Oysters and pork

2. Don’t spend too much time looking at a computer/ phone screen

Staring for too long at a computer or phone screen can result in: Eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches and neck, back & shoulder pain. To protect your eyes:

  • Ensure that your glasses prescription is always up to date and good for looking at a computer screen.
  • If you persistently have eye strain contact your doctor about computer glasses. Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
  • Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.
  • Try to avoid glare from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
  • If your eyes are dry, blink more.
  • 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.

3. Quit the smoking habit

If you need any more conviction why you need to quit the habit, this is it. Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems.

4. Wear sunglasses

The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive.

5. Use protective goggles

If at work you are exposed to hazardous or dangerous flying object, ensure to wear your safety eyewear.

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