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An Eye Care Overview

If you enjoy watch­ing movies, star­ing up at the stars, or read­ing, then you prob­a­bly value your eye­sight. Not only is eye­sight essen­tial to every­day tasks like dri­ving and most types of employ­ment, it’s also a big part of what helps us to enjoy our world. There­fore, it’s impor­tant to take care of your eyes so that they func­tion prop­erly through­out your life. Here are a few ideas on how to do so.

  • EAT RIGHT – To pre­serve your sight, you need to main­tain a proper diet. That means con­sum­ing lots of fruits and veg­eta­bles. Car­rots are great for the eyes, as they con­tain beta carotene, an antiox­i­dant which fights mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion. Foods con­tain­ing Vit­a­min C (broc­coli) and omega 3 fatty acids (fish) also help pre­serve your eyes.
  • CAREFUL WITH THE CONTACTS – If you wear con­tact lenses, be sure to closely fol­low the rec­om­mended clean­ing and wear­ing sched­ule. Try to avoid wear­ing your lenses for more than 19 hours at a time. This will limit short-term eye irri­ta­tion and can help pre­vent big­ger issues down the road.
  • WEAR YOUR EYEWEAR – Some folks resist wear­ing their glasses out of van­ity. That’s a bad move. If you need glasses, wear them. That will ease the strain on your eyes. And wear UV-protective sun­glasses when you go out­side. Expo­sure to UV radi­a­tion can lead to con­di­tions like mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion and cataracts.
  • LIMIT YOUR TIME STARING AT SCREENS – This is dif­fi­cult to accom­plish, given that we live in a world that pretty much revolves around infor­ma­tion and devices. Still, pro­longed star­ing at com­puter screens or other elec­tronic gad­gets can lead to eye­strain. If you have to work on com­put­ers, make sure to take reg­u­lar breaks to rest your eyes.
  • WEAR GOGGLES – A lot of activ­i­ties come with the risk of eye injury. You can pro­tect your­self by wear­ing gog­gles or other pro­tec­tive gear when par­tic­i­pat­ing in activ­i­ties like sports or shop work.
  • DON’T READ IN DIM LIGHT – Read­ing in low light causes the eyes to work harder and can lead to eye­strain. Make sure you have ade­quate light, and if your eyes feel heavy, take a rest.
  • GET REGULAR EXAMS – On aver­age, you should get an eye exam every one to two years, and annu­ally after 60 years of age. These exams pro­vide pro­fes­sional a chance to diag­nose poten­tial prob­lems and fix them, thus help­ing your eye­sight stay sharp.

Seek imme­di­ate med­ical atten­tion if you are expe­ri­enc­ing any of these issues:

  • Red, painful eyes
  • Par­tial or total vision loss
  • Dou­ble vision
  • Blind spots, halos around lights, or areas of dis­torted vision
  • Trou­ble see­ing objects in the sides of vision field
  • Itch­ing or fluid from the eyes

 

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