How to keep your eyes healthy

  1. Eat well
    Good eye health starts with eating the right food. Foods which support healthy eyes include green leafy vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and citrus fruits.
  1. Quit smoking
    According to eye specialists, smokers are more likely to get problems like cataracts and optic nerve damage. Although smoking has some social benefits, they do not offset the severe health risks. The sooner you can kick the habit, the better it is for your eye health.
  1. Use sunglasses
    The right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Excessive UV exposure can cause cataracts and macular degeneration (AMD), a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the centre of the visual field. Invest in a high-quality pair shades which can protect your eyes and also last a long time.
  1. Use safety eyewear
    If you work in an environment where there are hazards to your eyes, you must wear your PPE and your safety eyewear eg safety goggles or safety eyewear. Some sports also expose you to potential eye injury and you should use eye protection as well.
  1. Take frequent screen breaks
    For most of us, we spend far too much time in front of our computer screen and mobile phone screen. This can lead to severe eye strain, headaches and neck pain, amongst other issues. Take a screen break every 20 minutes and look away for 20 seconds at a distant scene or object. Get up from your chair every 2 hour and take a 15-minute break. Your eyes will feel better and your body will also feel better.

  2. Regular eye check-ups
    Your ophthalmologist and optometrist are your friends for the eyes. Go for regular eye check-ups as some eye diseases like glaucoma have no early symptoms. A comprehensive eye examination is worth your money and time.

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