10 Lifestyles Tips for healthy eyes

When most of us think about healthy eyes we envisage good eyesight, and whilst vision is an important element of eye health, your eyes can give vital insight into your overall wellbeing: there is much more to eye health than meets the eye.

Small changes to your lifestyle could make a big difference to your eyes and bring benefits of improved vision as well as preventing deeper-rooted problems.

1. Eat right for good sight

Taking care of your eyes from within is one of the most important things to do for good eye health — and for your overall health.

Eye-friendly foods include leafy green vegetables full of retina-friendly antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, citrus fruits jammed with Vitamin C, oily fish and nuts crammed with omega-3, and sweet potatoes and carrots packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A,

Eating a well-balanced and colourful diet will help to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

But be careful of salty foods which can increase blood pressure and restrict blood flow to your eyes.

2. Drink in the benefits of water

It is recommended that adults should drink two litres of water a day to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is essential for all elements of health and the eyes are no exception. If you don’t drink enough water the body will reduce its production of tears resulting in dry eyes and potentially other eye health problems.

3. Exercise for healthy eyes

Along with a healthy diet, regular exercise can benefit your eye health and reduce your risk of suffering a sight-threatening eye condition.

Cardiovascular exercise such as running and aerobics will help to reduce blood pressure and the eye health conditions associated with high blood pressure such as glaucoma.

4. Seek shade from the sun

Those sunny rays can be harmful to eye health with UV light detrimentally affecting the eyes through corneal damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Wear sunglasses whenever it’s sunny to protect the eyes from dangerous UV damage. Look for shades with UV400 which offer the maximum defence from UV, filtering out 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Read more about protecting your eyes from UV damage

5. Don’t smoke

 As well as the other multitude of ways that smoking can be detrimental to health, smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight as non-smokers.

 Smoking can cause and worsen eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), optic nerve damage, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

 6. Limit looking at screens

In an era where globally, people average nearly seven hours of screen time per day, the eyes are under strain from staring at screens like never before. Too much screen time can cause eye fatigue, headaches, blurry or double vision, and dry eyes.

To prevent screen fatigue whilst working on a computer, follow the 20-20-20 rule: look away from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 metres away for 20 seconds to prevent eye strain.

7. Use safety eyewear

Working with hazardous materials, taking part in high-impact sports, and even elements of gardening — there are some activities that pose a particular risk of injury to your eyes.

If you’re undertaking an activity where the eyes are likely to be exposed to risk of injury, use suitable eyewear like face masks, safety glasses, or protective goggles to shield the eyes.

8. Take care with contacts

Contact lenses are a practical and great way to correct your vision but good contact lens care is an essential element in taking care of your eyes.

If you wear contact lenses, prevent eye infections and irritation by looking after them properly, and never shower, sleep, or swim with your contact lenses in.

9. Get enough shut eye

Sleeping is the essential time for the body to rest and heal. For the eyes, sleeping clears the eyes of irritants and restores the moisture they need to stay healthy and infection-free.

It is recommended that adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Prep your eyes for a good night’s sleep by making sure that you remove contact lenses and any eye make-up.

10. Keep the eyes tested

Regular eye tests, at least once every two years, are essential not only to check your vision but also your overall eye health. Your optometrist can spot signs of serious eye disease and some common health problems, including high blood pressure, long before you notice symptoms.

Keep an eye on your eye health

We recommend you have a routine eye health check every two years to check both your vision and overall eye health. Check in with us anytime for advice about eye care, or if you have any concerns about the health of your eyes.

Get in touch today to book an eye test in Lee-On-The-Solent or Wickham with one of our experienced optometrists.

Alternatively email lee@optomeyes-eyecare.co.uk or wickham@optomeyes-eyecare.co.uk and one of the team will call you back to book your appointment.