Tips For Maintaining Healthy Eyes

Regular Eye Exams – Annual exams are critical to maintaining your eye health. Many common eye conditions or diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, have no warning signs and can be detected through regular eye exams. EyeCare professionals can help address changes to your overall eyesight through changes in diet, recommendation on supplementation, and the need for eye glasses or contacts.*

Practice Eye Health Prevention– Know your family eye health history. It is important that you know of anyone in your family diagnosed with any conditions and diseases that may be hereditary. Understanding your family eye health history will help to determine if you are at risk. If you have a prescription for eye glasses or contacts, make sure that you wear them because not wearing causes eye strain, discomfort, and may even impact your safety.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle– Good nutrition is important for eye health. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens are important. Research indicates that there are benefits to eye health from eating foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.** Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A & C. Exercise improves blood circulation, which improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins. Light to moderate exercise can reduce a person’s risk of glaucoma by a large percentage. Maintaining a healthy weight is another critical component of eye health. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions which can lead to vision loss.

Quit Smoking or Don’t Start – Smoking is a bad for your eyes and the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage, all which can lead to blindness.

Wear Sunglasses – Protect your eyes against harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses. Make sure that you choose sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Rest Your Eyes – Spending too much time in front of a computer or television causes many eye conditions. When working with computers, you should take a five-minute break every 30-minutes to an hour of work.* Staring at a computer for too long can cause eye strain and tension which may lead to vision problems in the long run.

Wear Eye Protection – Wearing safety glasses or protective goggles is important while playing sports, working with hazardous materials, or anytime debris may become airborne enter your eye. Use of proper eye protection can reduce risk of eye injury by 90%.

*The advice on the website is not a substitute for seeing your personal doctor.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease