Eye Safety Tips

The eye is a very delicate and fragile part of the body. While most are aware that the eyes play an integral role in overall quality-of-life, most take vision for granted. Here’s how to take better care of your eyes and vision.
1. Eat Healthy
Nutrients like lutein, vitamins E and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc are beneficial to the eyes. These can be found in vegetables like collards, kale, spinach, fish like tuna, salmon, and halibut, as well as in beans, nuts, eggs, oranges, pork, and oysters
It is equally important to eat a well-balanced diet. Obesity can cause diabetes and other medical conditions, increasing the risk of eye disease and vision reduction.
2. Know your family's medical history
Eye issues can be inherited which is why it is important to collect a family history on any diseases that may affect eye health. This will help to determine your chances of any future eye conditions as well as develop a plan for future eye exams.
3. Avoid Smoking
Smoking, in general, is harmful to your overall health. In regards to your eyes, it can cause macular degeneration, impact the optic nerve, and cause cataracts. Smoking cessation can benefit your overall health and wellness.
4. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses are more than just fashion accessories, they are vital in protecting the eyes and surrounding tissue from ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun. 
5. Obey workplace safety precautions
It is important we wear protective eyewear when engaging in sporting activities or jobs that could be harmful to the eyes. Discuss your occupational and personal interest needs with your optometrist.
6. Rest your eyes
During extended computer use, remember to take breaks. This can for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes by looking away from the screen.
7. Visit your eye doctor regularly
Getting regular eye exams is one of the most important things you can do for your eye health. The majority of conditions responsible for vision loss are painless.

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