Protect Your Eyes: What can you do? graphic with middle aged woman framing her eye with her fingers.

Eyes are an essential part of our daily health. Issues with vision can be linked to diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, and even strokes. Therefore, it is imperative that we each have regular exams with a trusted optometrist such as the eye care specialists at Retina Consultants. We have prepared a checklist of actions you can take to support your eye health. 

Lifestyle: The lifestyle choices that will positively benefit our bodies are also benefiting our eyes. From sleep to food, all of the factors impact the health of your eyes. 

  • Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams
  • Know your family’s eye health history (if someone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, as some are hereditary)
  • Eat right
    • Dark leafy greens: spinach, kale, or collard greens
    • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids: salmon, albacore tuna, trout, and halibut
    • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources
    • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
    • Oysters and pork
    • Stay hydrated
    • Avoid excessive coffee consumption
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking/never start
  • Exercise 
    • Improves blood circulation, which improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins
  • Get a good night’s sleep
    • Rest will support the health of your eyes
  • Go out into the fresh air 

Safe Eye Handling: Eyes should be handled with care and prior to touching eyeballs here are some essential steps to follow to avoid the possibility of eye infections.

  • Wash your hands before putting in or taking out your contacts and cleanse your contact lenses properly to avoid infection
  • Wash your hands before touching your eye
  • Using lubricating eye drops to soothe irritated, dry eyes
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes
  • Take contacts out each evening prior to sleep

Cosmetics: Many love to showcase their eyes, but there are basic steps you can follow to make sure the makeup that makes your eyes pop doesn’t harm them too. 

  • Stick to safe, quality products if you like eye makeup
  • Throw away old makeup
  • Check Makeup expiration dates
  • Never share your face towel

Work Protection Gear: Eyes do a great job of protecting us from danger in our lives, but they need protection from the world too!

  • Practice workplace eye safety 
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home (painting, yard work, and home repairs)
  • Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation

Technology: Technology is a major part of our daily lives and there are ways to lessen the toll that tech takes on your eyes. 

  • Avoid excessive exposure to computer screens
  • Keep your computer screen within 20”-24” of your eye
  • Keep the top of your computer screen slightly below eye level
  • Adjust lighting to minimize glare on the screen
  • Blink frequently 
  • Look away from the computer screen at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds

Symptoms that you need to see an eye care professional

  • Decreased vision
  • Hazy vision
  • Problems seeing in low light conditions
  • Eye pain
  • swelling
  • Drainage or redness of the eye
  • Double vision
  • Diabetes
  • Floaters (tiny specks that appear to float before your eyes)
  • Circles (halos) around light sources
  • If you see flashes of light
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