6 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Your vision is one of your most prized senses, but how often do you really take care of it? Learn how in this article!
6 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Written by Okairy Zuñiga

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Your vision is one of your most prized senses, but many people don’t care for it as they should. You’ve probably heard on numerous occasions how to care for your body and each of its systems. But how much do you think about how to keep your eyes healthy?

Most tips for caring for your vision are along the lines of “Don’t watch too much TV” or “Don’t use your computer and your cell phone.” These tips have become somewhat obsolete, however.

Although they’re still pretty useful, the reality is that most of us spend several hours a day in front of a computer screen for work, school, or other activities.

That’s why today we want to talk about some tips for keeping your eyes healthy.

1. Improve your diet to keep your eyes healthy

Your food can affect your eyesight

What you eat can greatly impact your vision. This is because the amount of vitamins you give your eyes comes from your food.

One of the best foods you can choose when caring for the eyes are carrots, which are rich in vitamins A and C. These are responsible for maintaining and improving the health of your eyes.

That’s not the only way that food affects your eyes, however. If you have a poor diet, it increases your risk of suffering from diseases like glaucoma.

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2. Wear sunglasses as much as you can

Sunglasses aren’t just for being fashionable. They also help reduce the impact of UV rays on your eyes. If you’re going outside, you should wear sunglasses no whether it’s cloudy or not.

When shopping for sunglasses, make sure that they block at least 90% of the UV rays.

Also, it’s even better if they’re polarized. This will keep your eyes healthy and feel more comfortable when you’re in a sunny place.

3. Talk to a specialist about your vision

Talk to a specialist about your vision

Only an ophthalmologist can tell you with any certainty how your vision is doing. The procedure is very simple, in fact.

For those of you who don’t know, an eye exam consists of the following:

  • Viewing images through different lenses
  • Reading letters that vary in size
  • An examination of the eye using a painless device to check your eye pressure

This is the full procedure, so don’t be afraid to have it done.

If you want to ensure you get the best results from your eye exam, you should also have your pupils dilated.

This test will apply a few drops to make your pupil dilate more than normal so that the doctor can examine your eye more thoroughly. Most of the time, it’s used to rule out any severe problems when your intra-ocular pressure.

4. If you already wear glasses, take care of them!

Wearing glasses doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have healthy eyes. In most cases, you only need extra help to be able to see better or prevent wear on the vision.

It doesn’t matter if you wear glasses or contact lenses. You should always keep them clean. This will help avoid putting a strain on your vision and also keep you from getting possible infections.

It’s a good idea that you have a general checkup once a year to check the state of your vision and adjust your lenses if needed.

5. Learn how to use computer screens

It's nearly impossible to live without a computer or smartphone nowadays.

It’s nearly impossible to live without a computer or smartphone screen.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to protect your vision when you use them, however. The key is in moderation.

When you watch television, the distance you should keep from your screen is three feet. If you’re going to use a computer, there should at least be two feet between your eyes and the screen.

It’s common to use cell phones in the dark, but you should know that this is harmful to your vision. It’s best to always use screens with the lights on.

In addition to the above, remember that most screens have the option to adjust the brightness. Use this setting to relax your vision.

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6. Wet eyes mean healthy eyes

Eyes need to be constantly moisturized, and so if yours feel dry or itchy, your vision will suffer.

If blinking isn’t enough, ask your eye doctor to recommend some artificial tears for occasional maintenance.

If you spend several hours in front of the computer a day, apply one drop in each eye every three hours, or whenever you experience any discomfort. This will help your eyes stay healthier for longer.

As you can see, all of these tips to keep your eyes in good condition are very easy to follow. Just take care of them like any other part of your body. Follow these tips to have healthier eyes.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.