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How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

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Here are some helpful tips to help you keep your eyes healthy and protect your vision:

Comprehensive dilated eye exam
The best thing you can do is getting a dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam is the only way to check for eye diseases, because many do not have any symptoms or warning signs.

Take care of your health
Being healthy is great for your body overall, but it also helps keep your eyes healthy. Being healthy reduces your risk for diseases and conditions that can lead to eye or vision problems; such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Eat healthy foods. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens are rich in antioxidants which can prevent free radicals in your eyes. Cold-water fish like herring, salmon, and tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your eyes from macular degeneration.
  • Be active. Physical activity helps you stay healthy and can lower your risk for health conditions that can cause eye health or vision problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Protect your eyes
Here are some simple tips you use daily to keep your eyes healthy.

  • Give your eyes a rest. Looking at computer or phone screens for long periods of time can tire and strain your eyes. Take a break every 20 minutes and look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a rest.
  • Proper care of your contacts. Be sure to wash your hands before you put your contact lenses in or take them out. Also disinfect your contact lenses and replace them regularly.

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