Your eyes are an important part of your health, You can do many things to keep them healthy & make sure you are seeing best! Follow these guidelines for maintaining healthy eyes, well, into your golden days.

1. Have A Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam – You Might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to detect many common eye disease such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related muscular degeneration, which most often have no warning signs.

2. Maintain A Healthy Weight – being overweight or obese increases your risk if developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss.

3. Quit Smoking or Never Start – smoking is as bad as for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body, it may lead to optic nerve damage and other conditions which can eventually cause blindness.

4. Know Your Family’s Eye Health History – talk to your family members about their eye health because some conditions are hereditary/familial, this will help you determine your risk of developing an eye disease.

5. Eat Right To Protect Your Eyes – eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables particularly dark leafy greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Eating fishes high in omega-3-fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and halibut have eye benefits too.

6. Protective Eyewear – wear protective eye wear when playing sports or doing activities around the house, these include safety glasses, goggles, safety shields and eye guards.

7. Give Your Eyes Rest – if you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This short exercise helps reduce eyestrain.

8. Be Cool and Wear Your Shades – sunglasses, a fashion accessory these days, but its most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which will prevent future eye conditions.

9. Clean Your Hands and Your Contact Lenses Properly – To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

10. Practice Workplace Eye Safety – Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times, and encourage your coworkers to do the same.

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