Get All the Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Beta-carotene, Lutein, Omega-3, Lycopene, and Vitamins C, A, and E are essential for maintaining your eye health. Make sure that your diet is infused with foods that are rich in those nutrients.
Always Wear Protective Eyewear
Whether you are working in your yard or playing contact sports, always remember to wear protective eyewear to avoid the risk of injury. Use eyewear made from polycarbonate. These are tough and can protect your eyes from accidents.
Sunglasses Are Important
Sunglasses are not just about style or looking cool. They play a huge role in protecting your eyes from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to sun rays causes many vision-related issues, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Choose sunglasses that block at least 99% UVA and UVB rays.
Exercise improves blood circulation, which improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins.
Get a good night’s sleep
You’ll feel the difference when you get the sleep you need. You’ll look great, you’ll perform well at home or work—and good rest will support the health of your eyes.
Wash your hands
Keeping your hands clean is so important when it comes to your eyes, especially if you’re a contact lens wearer. Before you touch your eye—and before you put in or remove a contact lens—wash your hands with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel. Some germs and bacteria that come from your hands can cause eye infections, like bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye). When you touch your eye, whatever is on your fingers goes right onto your eye’s surface. This is one way that people catch colds—rubbing their eyes while they have cold virus germs on their hands.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes Frequently
This is because it makes your eyes vulnerable to infection. Anything that irritates your eyes can affect your vision. You must always clean your hands before touching your eyes. Also, do not rub your eyes vigorously. This may result in corneal abrasion (or scratched cornea). If something has gotten into your eyes, wash them with a sterile saline solution. And if the problem persists, rush to the doctor immediately.
Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. While the connection has not been clearly identified, it is known that smoking increases your risk for a variety of health conditions affecting the eye.
Devices and Blue Light
You’re probably using digital devices for hours each day at work and at home. These devices are exposing your eyes to high energy blue light. It’s called blue light because the wavelengths emitted are near the bluer part of the spectrum. Lutein & Zeaxanthin are eye nutrients that are concentrated in the macula and help filter blue light. Lutein and Zeaxanthin cannot be produced by our bodies on their own, so they must be obtained through diet and/or supplements.
Use lubricating eye drops to soothe irritated, dry eyes.
Be Aware of Your Family’s Eye Health History
This is important because some eye issues, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal degeneration, and optic atrophy, are hereditary. Knowledge of your family history can help you take precautions.
If you wear make-up, choose the brands that work well for you. Steer clear of eye shadows, mascara, and eyeliners that cause an allergic reaction to your eyes. Don’t forget to use a make-up remover before going to bed to avoid bacterial build-up from residual make-up left in the eye area. Likewise, clean your make-up brushes regularly, especially those that you use for eye make-up application.