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Having good vision makes life a lot easier. Shuhada Elis gives tips on keeping our eyes, often thought of as the windows to our soul, in good health
1. Eye check ups
Although you may think your eyes are fine, a comprehensive eye exam is the only way to make sure. Many common eye diseases often have no warning signs, so go for an eye check-up every one to three years to detect problems early.
2. Fish, anyone?
Research has shown that there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and tuna. So opt for fish in your meal to protect your eyesight.
3. Eat right
You have probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes. But a diet rich in fruits and green leafy vegetables like spinach is also important to keep your eyes healthy.
4. Watch that waistline
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of diabetes and other chronic illnesses which can lead to loss of vision. Try to maintain a healthy weight.
5. Family history awareness
Since many eye diseases or conditions are hereditary, talk to your family members about their eye health history. This will help you know if you are in a high risk category.
6. Good lighting
Too much lighting irritates the eyes while too little causes the eyes to strain, especially when reading. Keep bright lighting overhead to a minimum. If you are using a computer, position the screen to reduce reflections from windows or overhead lights, or get a glare screen.
7. Do it in style
Wearing sunglasses may be a fashion statement but they also help to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Buy the ones that block out 99 to 100 per cent UVA and UVB radiation.
8. Try 20/20/20
Just like your body, your eyes can get tired too. If you spend a lot of time staring at the computer screen, try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something six metres away for 20 seconds. It can help reduce eyestrain.
9. Quit smoking
Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for your body. By smoking, you face a higher risk of getting cataract and optic nerve damage which can lead to blindness.
10. Clean, clean, clean
Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Disinfect and replace your lenses as instructed to avoid infections.