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Preventive Eye Care

Some basic eye care tips:

Proper nutrition

Lack of proper diet is the cause of many diseases that can affect the eyes. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables which are rich in lutein, an antioxidant that research shows may help preserve eye health and deter the risk of macular degeneration.

Protect your eyes from the sun

Sun exposure has been linked to cataract formation and possibly macular degeneration. To protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, you need to make sure that your regular glasses and sunglasses have 100 percent UV protection.

Exercise

Aerobic exercise, in general, reduces eye pressure which may be beneficial in the case of glaucoma.

Do not smoke

Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases and vision problems. Smoking damages blood vessels, causing them to constrict and form atherosclerotic plaques which can deprive the eye tissue of oxygen.

Consider eye health at work

Working on computers can cause eye fatigue and symptoms such as tired, dry, itchy or burning eyes. You can prevent eye stress by sitting correctly at the computer with the screen positioned slightly below the line of sight. Take a break from looking at the computer screen every one hour or so.

Have thorough eye examination

Have a complete eye examination early in adulthood and then periodically as you get older, depending on your family history and individual risk of eye disease.