How often do you think about the health of your eyes? Perhaps only once year when visiting the eye doctor? Honestly, unless there is a problem, eyes and their health can be easy to forget. However, it is extremely important to maintain the health of one’s eyes to maintain vision over one’s lifetime. Many eye conditions that can lead to blindness do not have symptoms to warn a person that something is wrong.
Luckily, eye health is not overly complicated. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure your eyes stay in the best shape possible.
- Wear Sunglasses
Of course, buying a pair of IGo eye ware is a great way to protect your eyes from harmful UV waves. Wear them as often as possible to ensure your eyes stay healthy. Also, remember that UV rays are still present on cloudy days. While clouds do block visible light, they are not necessarily blocking harmful UV rays.
- Eat Healthy
Eating a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables is important to maintaining one’s eye health. Carrots, of course, and darkly leafy greens are great for keeping eyes health. Consider ways you can add spinach, kale or collard greens into your diet regularly. In addition, some research shows foods heavy in omega-3 (think Salmon and Tuna) are healthy for eyes.
- Stay at or Reach a Healthy Weight
Good news is, if you work on tip 2 you will likely be able to follow tip 3, also. Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop diabetes, which has a number of health risks for the eyes. Diabetic eye disease and glaucoma are a higher risk for those with diabetes. In addition to eating right, regular exercise will help to keep one at a healthy weight.
- Have a Yearly Eye Exam
Again, eyes work great until they don’t. It is likely you will not know something is wrong until you feel pain or have problems with your vision. In most cases it is better to find a problem before it gets to that point. This can be achieved with a regular visit to the eye doctor. They will dilate the eye to be sure there are no signs of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration. Since there are often not symptoms for these diseases, it is important to have regular check-ups and catch them as early as possible.
- Be Knowledgeable About Family Risk Factors
Like any diseases, it is important to know if an eye condition runs in your family. Talk with family members to understand if they have a history of eye problems. This is important information to share with your eye doctor at the time of your annual check-up.
- Quit Smoking
Smoking, in general, is a poor habit for your health. Smoking has been linked with increased risk for macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage. Any of these conditions can lead to blindness in the long-term.
- Reduce Screen Time
It can be easy to forget to give your eyes a rest when you work at a computer all day long. Up close, brightly lit screens are not great for the eyes. If you can, take a break when you can. An easy to remember rule is called 20-20-20. Once every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. This helps they eye to relax the muscles used to look up close.
For references and more tips, visit the National Institute of Health’s Healthy Vision page here.
At IGo, we believe healthy eyes are imperative to overall health, which is why we proudly donate eye care to school-aged children in Nigeria. Without proper eye care, these children are more likely to contract infectious diseases that will lead to less likely to poor performance in school and an increased risk for blindness. We work on the ground to bring the treatment needed to keep children’s eyes healthy. With every purchase of IGo sunglasses, you are helping to support a very important mission, and for that we thank you.