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Healthy eyes: What To Do
July 17 , 2013

The eyes have been said to reflect the kind of person we are and we often take much care in enhancing them typically by applying eye-shadow, eye-liner, contact lenses and other eye products. We actually neglect to take care of them from the inside and this can, more often than not, lead to sight-threatening diseases.

Protecting your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your quality of life and here are a few ways to go about it:

1. Family Sight History. 

You need to know your family history as far as eye diseases are concerned. Find out if any of your family suffer from diabetes or have a history of high blood pressure. Get your eyes checked at least every two years. Regular eye exams will ensure early diagnosis of any impairment and can limit any vision loss and help preserve your eyesight. A comprehensive eye exam can determine your risk for major eye diseases which has no early warning signs or symptoms. 

2.  Vision Palaver Alert. 

Look for warning signs of changes in your vision. If you start noticing changes in your vision, see your eye doctor immediately. Some trouble signs to look for include double vision, hazy vision and difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Other signs to look for are frequent flashes of light, floaters, and eye pain and swelling. All of these can indicate a potential eye health problem that demands immediate attention.

3. Eat Well. 

Eating healthy is also extremely important in your eye health. What you eat plays a major role in controlling your eye problems and keeping them healthy. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. These antioxidants are obtained from eating a diet containing plentiful amounts of fruits and colorful or dark green vegetables. Studies also have shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your risk of developing sight degeneration. Also, consider supplementing your diet with eye vitamins to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of the nutrients you need to keep your eyes healthy.

4. Exercise for Better Vision. 

Vigorous exercise, such as running, can protect your eyes from cataracts. Any workout that pumps up your cardio fitness, such as biking, brisk walking, swimming, or lifting weights, can protect your eyesight by reducing inflammation in your body that can negatively impact your eyes.

5. Sunglasses. 

Protecting your eyes from overexposure to the sun is vital to good eye health. UV rays can damage your eyesight and also trigger long-term effects at a later stage of your life that is why sunglasses are a must have for everyone and not just celebrities hiding from the paparazzi. According to, Sun glasses are a form of protective eye wear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. They can sometimes function as a visual aid featuring lenses that are colored, polarized or darkened. Eye health professionals recommend eye protection whenever the sun comes out to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause several serious eye problems.

6. Computer/TV strain. 

Most people now have to work with computers day in, day out. (Up to 18 hours daily) and most of these people forget to blink and take breaks as often as we should while working on the computer or watching TV, which can make eyes tired and dry. It might even give you a headache. You may follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eyestrain: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

7. Wash. 

Funny though, this may sound, washing your eyes often is also a healthy habit to get into.

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