Protect Your Eyes


Eye-Protection-tips-660x330Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Many of us have heard that carrots are good for the eyes; however, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy green is important for keeping our eyes healthy also.  Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, selenium, and vitamins C and E may help slow the progression of or even ward off macular degeneration can cataracts.  Eating a well-balanced diet also helps people maintain a healthy weight.  People who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to develop obesity-related type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in American adults.  Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:

  • green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and collards eggs,
  • nuts beans and legumes salmon, tuna, halibut, and other oily fish
  • oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit

The American Academy of Ophthalmology currently recommends that people who work on the computer for long periods of time do the following:

  1. Use a current glasses or contact lens prescription.
  2. Some people over 40 years of age may need a special prescription specifically for computer use.
  3. Some people may also need glasses to help with contrast, glare and eyestrain when using a computer.
  4. Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor which allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
  5. Try to avoid glare on the computer screen from windows and lights.
  6. Use an anti-glare computer screen if necessary.
  7. Choose a comfortable and supportive chair with your feet positioned so that they are flat on the floor.
  8. If your eyes are dry, blink more or use artificial over-the-counter lubricants.
  9. Remember 20-20-20.


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