Non-meat protein sources such as nuts, eggs and beans.
Oranges and other citrus fruits.
A balanced diet will also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity is related to diseases like type 2 diabetes – the leading cause of blindness in adults.
2. Don’t smoke
Smoking can damage your optic nerve, increases the chances of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Ask your doctor for help if you’ve tried to quit smoking unsuccessfully. The more times you try, the more likely you are to finally kick the habit.
3. Put on your shades
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can also raise the likelihood that you’ll deal with cataracts and macular degeneration.
You need a pair that blocks at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays.
The type of lenses that wrap around offer protection from the side.
Even if you wear contact lenses that offer protection, you should still wear sunglasses, too.
4. Safety goggles
Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be the kind that you wore in high school chemistry class.
But, if you work with hazardous materials, you should definitely wear eye protection.
If you play a sport like ice golf, racquetball or tennis, your eyes are vulnerable to injury, too.
Sports goggles will give you adequate protection.
5. Take a screen break
There are quite a few adverse effects of staring at a screen all day, including:
Trouble focusing on things in the distance.
Shoulder, back and neck pain.
If you can’t avoid a large amount of screentime, there are some steps you can take to ease the burden on your eyes.
Here’s what you should do:
If you wear glasses or contacts, make sure to keep your prescription up-to-date. You should let your eye doctor know that your job or studies involve a lot of time in front of the computer. He or she may want to prescribe you special glasses for looking at screens.
Position your screen so that your eyes are level with the top of your monitor, so you’re viewing the screen from a slight downward angle.
Avoid the glare from windows or lights and use an anti-glare screen on your laptop or monitor.
Find a chair that’s supportive and comfortable. You should be able to keep your feet flat on the floor.
Even young children need to have their eyes checked periodically.
Plus, eye exams can pinpoint issues like glaucoma early on before there are any symptoms.
Your exam will probably include:
Taking a personal and family history.
Tests to make sure your eyes are working well together.
Eye pressure and optic nerve tests.
External and microscopic checks before and after your eyes have been dilated.
7. Make sure you have vision insurance
Without the help of a good vision insurance policy, you’ll have to pay for eye exams, treatments and glasses or contacts out-of-pocket. And you’ll be less likely to get check-ups that can prevent problems down the line.
To find a policy that suits your needs, get the help of an expert independent insurance producer.