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Keeping Your Vision 20-20

In celebration of Sight Saving Month, we give you brief insights on keeping your eyes healthy.

Take a comprehensive dilated eye exam. As much as possible, get a dilated eye exam. It’s simple and painless. You might think you have no problem with your eyes, but you never really know. Many eye diseases don’t have symptoms, so getting an eye exam is the only way to check how healthy your eyes are.

Check your risk for eye diseases. This is the least you can do for your eyes. As you get old, your risk of eye diseases increases. You are also at risk if you are overweight, or your family has a history of eye disease.

Protect your eyes. There are simple efforts you can take to keep your eyes healthy. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, or if you do construction work or home repairs make sure to wear proper protective eyewear. You should also rest your eyes, in between long computer work or television watching. Take a break every 20 minutes to look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Eat healthy. The key to keeping your eyes healthy is to eat more dark leafy vegetables, and fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. You can also have a carrot as your snack.

Ref: Accessed May 2020.