1. Eat a healthy diet -Vitamins A, C, E and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. Current research shows that consuming yellow and green vegetables can help prevent AMD – a leading cause of blindness.
2. Sleep – It is essential for eye health. Sleep allows your eyes to fully rest, repair and recover.
3. Stop Smoking – Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage your optic nerve and macular degeneration.
4. Wear Sunglasses- Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, too much UV exposure boosts your chances of sun damage and macular degeneration. In addition to wearing sunglasses for protection from the sun, when near flying debris wear safety glasses.
5. Look away from the screen-Rest your eyes every 20 minutes for 20 seconds, get up at least every 2 hours & take a 20 second break. Consider getting lenses that filter blue light and anti-glare coating if you wear glasses.
6. Remove eye make-up every night- This prevents any make-up from going into your eyes and possibly scratching your cornea.
7. Exercise- it improves blood circulation, which in turn improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins.
8. Have regular eye exams -These become more important when you reach your 50s. You want to be certain that no problems are beginning to develop. Certain medications can affect vision and eye health, so it is important to tell your doctor about all of your medications.
9. Avoid dry air- Aim car vents down at your feet rather than at your face, air conditioning takes the moisture out of your eyes which can lead to serious dry eyes. Same with forced air heat.