Eye of the Beholder: Why You Need to Maintain Vision Health


It’s a new year and many people set resolutions for improving their health. One specific health resolution you may want to consider this year is focusing on your eye health. Below are some recommended and simple steps you can take to maintaining healthy eyes.

1. Eat a balanced diet.
Not only will eating well help your overall health, but it can help keep your eyes healthy. According to data from the Archives of Opthalmology, a diet rich in
fruits and vegetables, as well as leafy greens such as spinach and kale, can be especially beneficial for your eyes.

2. Take proper care of contact lenses.
Contact lenses offer many conveniences, but do require proper care. Research from All About Vision states this can include washing and drying your hands before handling contacts, using fresh contact lens solution when storing, and following the schedule your doctor recommends for replacement.

3. Wear sunglasses.
Sunglasses are necessary year-round. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can lead to bloodshot or swollen eyes, hypersensitivity to light and the formation of cataracts.

4. Visit the eye doctor.
Too often, yearly eye exams are skipped. Not only can your eye doctor detect serious eye diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts, but they can detect other illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, researchers state.

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