Your eyes have the important job of transferring the visual information theyreceive through light to your brain, where it then interprets and builds a final image that you “see.” Sounds complicated? That’s because the function of your eyes is the most complex throughout your body. There are many intricate parts that make up the eyes and helps them work at their best. However, neglecting how you take care of your eyes can quickly negatively affect how they work. Here are some ways you can better take care of your eye health:
Eat foods that promote good eye health.
You probably already know that carrots are good for your eyes, but a diet with fruits and dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale help your eyes as well. In addition, research has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can promote healthy eyes, too.
Wear protective eyewear.
It’s important to wear protective eyewear whenever you’re playing sports or dealing with harsh chemicals. Eyewear such as safety glasses or goggles, and even eye guards can protect your eyes from sports injuries or chemicals.
Wear sunglasses when you go outside.
Sunglasses better protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Even if it looks overcast, sunglasses prevent lingering UV rays from affecting your eyes.
Rest your eyes often.
This is especially important if you spend a lot of time on a computer. Even if you have been focusing on one thing for a long period of time that’s not a digital screen, it’s important to give your eyes a break. Sometimes by doing so, your eyes forget to blink; this can dry your eyes and make them tired, too. Try looking away from what you’ve been focusing your eyes on every 20-30 minutes.
Pay a routine visit to your optometrist for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
A comprehensive dilated eye exam will allow your optometrist to determine the health of your eyes, on the surface and beyond. They can inspect the back of your eyes for any signs of damage that could affect your ability to see.
Your eyes are the windows to more than your soul; they provide insight on the health of the rest of your body, too. A dilated eye exam helps the optometrist find signs of diseases that may be otherwise hidden in your body. Your eyes can show warning signs of complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure.