Keep eyes healthy with these tips
These 7 tips help keep your family's peepers healthy and safe.
You may not give your eyes a second thought most days, but it’s important to take steps to keep them healthy and safe from injury.
Here are 7 tips for keeping children's and adults' eyes healthy:
- Eat healthy. Include lots of fruits and veggies in your diet, especially dark leafy greens (spinach, kale) and dark berries (blueberries, blackberries). They are rich in lutein, which is good for your eyes. Orange-colored fruits and veggies contain beta carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue and helps promote eye health. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts, can also help maintain eye health.
- Get regular eye exams. Children and adults should have yearly eye exams. Annual exams can identify vision problems as well as other health conditions, such as diabetes.
- Use protective eyewear. One of the most common sources of eye injuries in children and young adults is sports. Each year, thousands of kids injure their eyes and more than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear, including safety glasses, goggles and eye guards. People of all ages should wear sport-specific eyewear made with polycarbonate lenses when playing sports such as baseball, softball, football, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, soccer and racquet sports. Protective eyewear should also be worn when doing yardwork, operating machinery, using chemicals and making household repairs.
- Wear sunglasses. Your eyes can be damaged by the sun just like your skin. Choose glasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation.
- Select toys carefully. Only buy age-appropriate toys and don’t allow kids to play with items that can be used as a projectile, such as darts. Also keep kids away from pellet and BB guns, as well as fireworks.
- Keep hands away from eyes. This keeps germs from getting into your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, always wash hands before putting in or taking out lenses.
- Give eyes a rest. For every 20 minutes in front of your computer, spend about 20 seconds looking away from the screen to reduce eye strain.