Most people can’t imagine what it would be like to lose their vision, yet we often take it for granted until our eyesight is affected. Experts recommend a number of things you can do to protect your eyes.
Do you have your mother’s eyes?
Risks for certain eye conditions are hereditary, so knowing about any history of eye disease in your family can help prepare for, or even prevent its onset.
Keep an eye on your diet
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, for good eye health. This can help prevent certain vision problems, like cataracts. This, along with exercise, can also prevent diabetes, a disease that often leads to vision loss.
Exercise and don’t smoke
Increased blood circulation brought on by exercise is important for good health, but especially for the tiny blood vessels in your eyes. Smoking does the opposite and increases your chances of eye disease.
The 20‐20‐20 rule for 20/20 vision
How long have you been looking at your phone or computer? For every 20 minutes of focusing on an electronic device, you should take 20 seconds to focus on something 20 feet away.
Protect your peepers
The sun, which makes it possible for us to see, can be damaging to your eyes. So don’t look at it, and wear sunglasses while outside. And don’t forget protective eyewear when you are playing or working in conditions that could be dangerous for your eyes.
Get a professional to look into your eyes
Adults up to age 64 should have eye exams at least every two years. Adults over 64 and children under 18 should have an eye exam every year. Some medical conditions may warrant having your eyes checked more often.
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