April 7 is World Health Day, and what better day is there to focus on things you can do right now to improve and maintain the health of your eyes?
Maybe there is a bad habit you need to break that you never realized has an impact on your eyes. Whatever the case may be, here are seven tips to help you get your eye health on the right track today.
1. Don’t Smoke
It’s no secret that smoking negatively affects your body in all types of ways.
The same is true for your eyes.
Save yourself from blindness, and quit before it’s too late.
2. Eat Foods High In Vitamin C
Foods rich in vitamin C include the following:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Most kinds of fish
These foods strengthen the carotenoids in your eyes and preserve the sharpness of your vision.
3. Take Breaks From Your Screen
Take a short break from your smartphone, computer, or TV screen every now and then to save your eyes from being strained, and prevent fatigue, irritation, and dryness.
If you are unsure when to take a break, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes you should take a break and look at an object 20 or more feet from you for 20 seconds. This will help preserve your eyes over long amounts of screen time.
4. Wear Your Glasses
Not wearing your prescribed glasses at the recommended times can put unnecessary strain on your eyes and cause headaches, fatigue, and irritation.
5. Clean Your Glasses
Following the recommended cleaning schedule can preserve the functionality of your glasses. and keep your vision clear of debris and dirt that can alter your field of vision in negative ways.
A good cleaning routine can also prevent debris and dirt from entering your eye and causing damage.
6. Know Your Family’s History
Find out if genetic eye diseases run in the family.
The best way to prevent a genetic eye disease like glaucoma from taking over your life is to be aware that your family has a history of it and seek treatment early.
Dig through your family tree for hereditary disease; don’t let a genetic eye disease surprise you.
7. Moderate High Blood Pressure / Diabetes
Make sure that you monitor your progress if you suffer from:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
There are certain eye conditions, like diabetic retinopathy, that are contracted as a result of diabetes and its related issues.
The best way to protect against being diagnosed with a diabetes-related eye disease is to keep your diabetes under control.
Keep these eye tips in mind for World Health Day on April 7.