What you can do today, to save your eyes tomorrow

You stare at bright screens all day and well into the night. Whether it’s from gaming, typing, or texting, your eyes are glued to a screen for hours on end – and this is not good for your eyesight. You may have 20/20 vision right now, but you may not always be so lucky. Here’s what you need to keep your eyes peeled for!

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Be shady
Protect your peepers and get stylish with a great pair of sunglasses. The right pair will protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays – too much UV ray exposure might up your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (a painless eye condition that causes you to lose central vision, usually in both eyes). Make sure that the shades you choose block 99 to 100 percent of UV rays.

Play defense
Ninety percent of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection. Face masks, sport goggles or polycarbonate lenses that will shield your eyes, especially for sports like basketball and squash. If you work with dangerous materials at work, it’s also important to protect your eyes with safety glasses or protective goggles.

Eat well
Eat your way to healthy eyes by watching what you fill your plate with. Certain nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E, might help to keep your eyes in check and help battle age-related vision problems. Where can you find these?

  • Leafy greens like spinach and kale.
  • Oily fish like salmon and tuna.
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes.
  • Protein sources like nuts, eggs and beans.
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Quit the habit
There are so many reasons to give up smoking, and your eyesight is one of them. Smoking can damage your optic nerve, a paired nerve that transmits visual information from the retina to your brain.

Eye spy the doctor
Keep up with regular checks with your doctor or your optometrist to ensure that your eyes are healthy. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialise in eye-care and they do general checks, give treatment and perform eye surgery. If you think something serious is wrong, speak to Hello Doctor about seeing an ophthalmologist.

Have a cuppa
Swap that shot of coffee for a cup of green tea instead. Extracts of green tea may help to protect against diabetes and heart disease, and a 2001 study showed that green tea could help in preventing cataract-induced blindness.

Good to know

  • Make sure that your glasses or contact prescription is up to date.
  • Remember to rest your eyes every 20 minutes and get up at least every two hours for a short break.
  • Use an anti-glare screen if needed (when there are bright lights and glares on windows).
  • If your eyes feel strained in any way, visit your doctor for a check-up.

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