How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

 

1. Visit your optometrist regularly

We all need a regular eye exam, even children. Eye examinations are useful in detecting changes that occur and, to identify diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, which need to be identified earlier on for referral and treatment to the ophthalmologist

 

2. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation

Choose a pair of glasses that blocks the UVA and UVB rays. Wrap around glasses are ideal and polarized lenses to reduce the glare

 

3. Protect your eyes from harmful blue light

Computer screens, hand held devices and other gadgets emit blue light that has been shown to be harmful to your eyes. Ask your optometrist for the appropriate lenses that filter this light out

4. Visual hygiene

Make sure your prescription is up-to-date

You may be prone to eye strain and subsequent headaches so talk to your eye doctor about anti-fatigue lenses

Blink more to minimize dry eyes

Avoid glare by using anti-glare screens

Use the 20-20 rule: rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look away in the distance for 20 seconds. Take regular breaks

 

5. Eat well

A well balanced diet will help maintain good overall health and weight and that means lower chances of obesity and diseases like type 2 diabetes

 

6. Quit smoking

A bad habit!! Quit while you are ahead as this increases chances of cataracts, macular degeneration and optic nerve damage