There’s no denying the benefits of taking precautions when it comes to a person’s vision. Unfortunately, many don’t take care of their eyesight, resulting in vision loss, general problems, and sometimes even permanent blindness.
In this article I’ll go over 5 super simple tips that can help you take that little bit of extra care for your eyesight.
1. Get it Checked
Professionals recommend that children receive their first eye examination before the age of 3 at the latest.
For the average person aged 20-30, an eye exam is ideal every two or so years (unless signs of vision loss start occuring, that is). After the age of 30, yearly exams become more important as vision problems are more likely to develop at this age.
Note: If someone has potential for hereditary vision conditions then it’s wise to seek examination and preventive care more regularly.
2. Wear Protective Gear
I don’t mean a huge device that’s attached to your forehead, I’m talking sunglasses.
UV light can cause long-term damage to the eye which can ultimately lead to vision loss. Make sure to wear sunglasses that feature UV protection when out in the sun.
3. Pay Attention to Diet
There are particular nutrients which help play a part in preventing vision loss and also for sustaining good eyesight in general:
- Vitamin C: found in fruits and vegetables, vitamin C can slow age-related macular degeneration and lower the risk of cataracts being developed in the eye.
- Vitamin E: typically found in nuts and healthy cereals (among other things), vitamin E is said to protect healthy eye tissue
- Zinc: vitamin A needs to be brought to the retina from the liver in order to produce melanin (a protective pigment in the eye). Zinc helps achieve this.
4. Avoid Eyestrain
Eyestrain itself doesn’t necessarily lead to vision loss or common vision problems, but it certainly isn’t pleasant.
If you work at a screen for most of your day, then make sure to take regular breaks.
Lighting also plays a vital role in the prevention of eyestrain, and should be considered whenever setting up an office or workspace.
Note: Whenever your eyes feel a little overwhelmed and tired, give them a rest! Take a break and close them for 5 minutes.
5. Get More Sleep
Sleep deprivation can often lead to eye redness and/or sore eyes. Unlike eyestrain, this does have the potential to lead to greater, more permanent vision problems. Not only this, but a lack of sleep can lead to a plethora of other physical problems unrelated to vision, and is something that should be taken seriously.
If you do have trouble sleeping, seek professional help. Otherwise, just go to sleep a little earlier!
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Disclaimer: This information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician.