Saturday, June 19, 2021

How to Properly Protect Your Eyes

Did you know that the human eye can focus on 50 different objects every second? Certain disorders, however, can affect the way that they work.

For example, refractive errors can cause blurred vision for near objects, distant objects, or both. Some conditions such as macular degeneration can even lead to blindness.

Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to protect your vision.

Interested? Looking for some tips on how to protect your eyes? If so, you’re on the right page. We’ll be going over a few things that you can do below.

Keep reading for some tips!

1. Wear UV Protective Glasses

Wear sunglasses every time you go outside. They’ll protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, which can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

If you can, choose a pair that blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays (it should say on the tag). It’s also a good idea to get wraparound lenses or oversized sunglasses as they’ll protect your eyes from the side.

Tip: Polarized lenses can make activities such as driving safer by reducing glare. Keep in mind, however, that they don’t offer added protection from the sun. With that said, they do have other advantages (here are 3 benefits of polarized lens).

2. Eat Vision-Healthy Foods

Certain nutrients such as lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc can ward off age-related vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. You can get them from several types of foods including spinach, salmon, tuna, nuts, eggs, oranges, and beans.

Drinking green tea can also benefit your vision. It contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that can protect the eye from glaucoma and other eye disorders.

On top of that, they can help prevent dry eyes by inhibiting a protein called MMP-9, which directly contributes to the condition.

3. Look Away From the Screen

Take regular breaks from the computer screen. We recommend looking away from the monitor every 20 minutes and focusing on a faraway object for at least 20 seconds. That’ll reduce the effects of blue light, which can cause eyestrain and retina damage.

There are also filters that you can use on your computer, smartphone, and tablet that’ll filter the amount of blue light that’s given off. Or if you want, you can wear blue light glasses, which are designed to block or absorb blue light (some prescription glasses also come with blue light blocking technology).

Not only will they protect your retina, but they’ll also help you sleep better at night.

Knowing How to Protect Your Eyes

There are several things that you can do to protect your eyes, from wearing sunglasses to eating the right foods. Remember, you only have one pair of eyes—so be sure to take good care of them!

Interested in more posts like this? If so, make sure to visit the rest of our health section!

you only have one pair of eyes—so be sure to take good care of them!

Interested in more posts like this? If so, make sure to visit the rest of our health section!

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