11 Mar Three steps to better eye health
Are you taking good care of your eyes? Protecting your eyes and keeping them healthy depends a lot on you. Here are three simple ways to boost your eye health and protect yourself from eye injury and infection:
Wear eye protection. Did you know that about 90 percent of sports-related injuries affect eyes? You can protect yourself from injury by wearing eye protection appropriate for the sport you’re participating in. Wear sunglasses when you’re outside and goggles in the winter if you’re skiing, sledding or snowboarding. Eye injuries can happen at work, too. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that about 2,000 U.S. workers each day sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. It’s estimated that proper eye protection can help prevent many on-the-job and sports-related eye injuries. Eye protection also should be worn when using chemicals or power tools such as drills or chainsaws.
Wash your face at bedtime. Makeup, if left on overnight, can be harmful to your eyes. Instead of sleeping with your makeup on, remove it by washing your face every morning and night. If you wear contacts, follow all recommendations and rules regarding when and how you wear them. Getting enough sleep is important for eye health, too.
Ask us about vitamins and supplements. A healthy diet can go a long ways to helping your eyes stay healthy. Some research suggests that supplements could boost eye health as well. For example, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study conducted by the National Eye Institute showed that antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene may help reduce the risk of vision loss from advanced age-related macular degeneration in some, but not all, people with this disease.
Talk to us about eye health at your next eye exam or checkup. We’re here to answer your questions!