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How to Protect Your Eyesight

September 6th, 2012 Healthy Living

It's a simple but unavoidable fact - these days, with the amount of time we spend staring at screens, our vision may be more at risk of long-term damage than in the past. For this reason it's vitally important that you take good care of your eyes at all times. Of course, we don't often think of our peepers as something that we can really take care of, but there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you're able to notice every last detail of the world for years to come. If you're not sure what you can be doing, here are a few suggestions.

1. Wear sunglasses. They don't just look snazzy - a good pair of sunglasses can block harmful ultraviolet rays from irritating and hurting your eyesight. And don't limit yourself to the summertime! You can wear them in the winter as well. In fact, when snow is on the ground, the glare from the ground can cause problems, so be sure to always keep a pair on-hand.

2. Eating right. According to MSN Health, vitamin A is known for its abilities to help keep one's eyes healthy. This means making sure to eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, as well as carrots. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be beneficial, so try to work fish into your diet at least once or twice a week to ensure you're receiving proper amounts.

3. Avoid eye strain. If you work in front of a computer all day, you might walk away with somewhat irritated eyes. If this happens, it may be a good idea to start taking regular breaks. Every hour, look away from the screen and focus on an object about 10 feet away for a minute or so. It will reduce the strain on your eyes and make it easier to enjoy the rest of your day.