How to keep healthy eyes and maintain good eyesight?

The eyes are the windows to the soul, so treat them with love and care to prevent worsening of eye condition, eye diseases, and potential blindness. Here are a few general eye care tips to keep your eyes healthy.

1. Get regular eye screenings

Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should still get a baseline eye screening at age 40

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2. Stay within a healthy weight range

Being overweight can impact your eye health regardless of whether you are experiencing any symptoms. Conditions such as cataract and thyroid eye disease have been linked to obesity.

3. Have a balanced diet

Eating foods rich in lutein (a vitamin found in leafy greens), omega-3 (oily fish such as tuna and salmon), and zinc (found in cheese, milk, and poultry) can improve your eye health.

4. Engage in regular physical activity

Studies have shown a link between a sedentary lifestyle and a greater risk of Glaucoma, a condition that damages your optic nerves.

5. Limit your alcohol intake

Men are advised to drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week, and no more than 4 units per day. The recommended intake for women is no more than 14 units per week and 3 units per day.

6. Wear sunglasses when outdoors

Exposure to UV light for prolonged periods can seriously damage your eyes and even cause retinal burning and blindness. Protect your eyes with some shades if it’s a bright day.


7. Keep a safe distance when using the computer or watching TV

Your screen should be positioned 20-24 inches from your eyes with the center of the screen 10-15 degrees below the line of sight. Remember to take breaks away from the screen with the 20/20/20 rule: look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes to reduce eye strain.

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sources: CDC – AAO – CLSpectrum