Diet and upkeep are two important factors in taking care of your eyes.
- Eat lots of fruits & veggies! Carrots, loaded with beta carotene are especially helpful in maintaining healthy eyes.
- Using an allergen-reducing eye drop during allergy season to ‘get the red out’ and sooth itchiness may help on a limited basis, but chronic daily use can actually make the problem worse.
- Read the labels of eye drops carefully; many drops cannot be used while wearing contacts.
- Wear UV protective sunglasses. Get polarized lenses, NOT just darker lenses. The lenses that only make the world darker will just make your pupils dilate and don’t do a thing to stop the UV rays. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can harm your eyesight, protection in youth can help prevent loss of eyesight in later years.
- Be sure to wear goggles or other eye protective wear when working with chemicals or any place with harmful airborne particulates.
- Visit your Optometrist every year. They can diagnose problems that may be fixed with glasses, contacts, or surgery. They will also check for dry eyes, problems with your retina, and even conditions of the whole body like diabetes and high blood pressure. Some conditions have no symptoms like glaucoma which can lead to total blindness if left untreated.
- Instead of using eyeglasses or contact lenses, do some research on How to Know if Lasik Eye Surgery Is for You to correct your vision. There are restrictions on who can or should get this surgery, so make sure you consult a doctor before making your decision.