10 Tips for Healthy Vision

10 Tips for Healthy Vision

February 09, 2024

Like overall health, eye health requires a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Follow these tips from the National Eye Institute to keep your eyes healthy for years to come.

  1. Eat fish and incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Salmon, tuna and halibut are especially beneficial for eye health. When considering vegetables, look for leafy greens like spinach and kale. 
  2. Watch your weight. Being overweight puts you at a higher risk of diabetes and other health conditions that can cause vision issues. 
  3. Call your doctor right away if you notice vision changes.
  4. If you’ve been prescribed glasses, wear them. Not wearing glasses can lead to headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, injury and abnormal vision development in children.  
  5. Avoid touching your eyes. Before inserting or removing contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly and dry them with a clean towel. 
  6. Use appropriate eye protection when working with chemicals or flying debris, like when mowing the lawn. 
  7. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays whenever you’re outside. Even on cloudy days, the UV index can be high enough to damage your vision. 
  8. Follow the 20/20/20 rule. Whenever you’re looking at a screen for long periods, take a break every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  9. Quit smoking. Smoking is bad for your health, and your eyes are no exception. This bad habit can lead to macular degeneration (damage to the retina), cataracts (a cloudy area in the lens of the eye) and a host of other vision problems.
  10. Look into your family history. Many vision problems can be inherited. 

You rely on your eyes to carry out most of your daily tasks. Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you.