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5 Steps to Good Eye Health

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We often take our eyes for granted. We stare at our phone, computer and TV screens for hours on end. We don’t get enough sleep. It’s easy to forget that our eyes need a lot of care too. Follow our quick guide to ensure your eyes are in tip top condition.

  1. Our eyes need regular check-ups. The time between appointments will vary. This is likely to depend on age, overall health and any pre-existing conditions. It is important that you visit your optometrist regularly and report any concerns you have straight away. Don’t wait until your next appointment to do this.Your optometrist will check your eyes for any signs of illness. He or she will also test to see whether you need glasses or contact lenses or if your prescription has changed.

If you wear contact lenses, make sure you follow your optometrist’s advice. Always use a reputable contact lens supplier like Lens Direct.

  1. Maintaining overall good health will be beneficial to your whole body as well as your eyes. This includes eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Food containing omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. This includes salmon, tuna and other oily fish. Other foods linked to good eye health are eggs, nuts, beans, citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Drinking enough water each day is also vital to our health and wellbeing. Make sure you keep your body hydrated by consuming the required quantity of fluids. Water is vital for producing tears and ensuring the eyes remain moist.

Lack of sleep leads to numerous health issues, many of which are serious. We need seven to nine hours of sleep each night for our body to replenish and restore itself. Tiredness also affects our eye health leading to many problems including eye spasms and dry eyes. If we’re sleep-deprived, our eyes look puffy and over-tired.

  1. Smoking is bad for your health. Period. The damaging effects are widely publicized. Smoking has an adverse affect on so many areas, including our eyes. I could also decrease your lifespan. So our advice is to quit. Right now.
  1. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses. Make sure you purchase a pair that offers 99% to 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. Too much exposure to harmful rays can make you more prone to conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
  1. If you work at a computer every day, make sure you look away from the screen. Rest your eyes by looking away every twenty minutes. Also, make sure you take regular breaks by getting up out of your chair and walking around.

Make sure that your screen is positioned away from any glare. If necessary, request that your desk is moved and opt for an anti-glare screen. Ensure your glasses or contact lenses are suitable for your job.
Much of this is common sense. Many of these tips are part of living a health-conscious life. If you eat healthily, exercise, get enough sleep and visit your eye doctor regularly you’re already part way there.


  1. Maryann D. says

    I am glad that I do try to follow all of these tips. My eye sight it not the greatest, but I do wear contacts and keep up with my doctor’s appointments.


  1. […] Don’t wait until the next appointment you arranged with your optometrist; health doesn’t wait, so go and get yourself checked out as soon as possible if you have any worries or concerns. Even if you don’t, it’s always best to put your mind at rest both in terms of possible illness and the possibility that you might need glasses for driving, reading, or other activities which could be straining your eyes. […]

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