Practical Ways you can Protect your Eyes

Eye exams240 million of the world’s population suffers from a vision problem. Fortunately, the majority of these issues are avoidable and even curable. Consider how the following suggestions can be integrated into your lifestyle to encourage healthier eyes.

  • Shake up your grocery list: Spend some extra time in the produce section selecting citrus fruits like oranges and leafy greens like kale. Zinc, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E provide essential nutrients for maintaining excellent eye health. These minerals and vitamins are also found in oysters, collard greens, tuna, eggs, beans, nuts, and pork.
  • Step away from the screen: With the average American spending 10 hours in front of some screen, it’s no wonder so many suffer from headaches, neck pain, and eye strain. If your career requires long hours in front of a screen, try the 20/20/20 rule. Set a timer to remind you to take a break every 20 minutes by looking at a point 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will release tension in your face and eyes and give you a much-needed break. If your job doesn’t require a lot of screen time, but you spend inordinate amounts of the day on your phone or computer anyway, try and drop the habit by picking up a new hobby.
  • Wear the right safety gear during athletic activities: High impact sports like hockey and lacrosse have safety gear requirements. Be sure your helmet has a proper protective face mask
  • Quit smoking: 15% of Americans still smoke, opening the door to serious eye problems. Smoking contributes to macular degeneration, cataracts, and optical nerve damage. Quitting this habit is rough, so talk with your doctor about how to pursue a course that can lead to success.
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly: Eye exams allow your doctor to preempt potential eye problems. Using state of the art tools and analysis, your doctor can apprehend symptoms before they develop into severe issues.

Schedule an appointment with Shammas Eye Medical Center today. You can reach our office at 310-638-9391 (Lynwood), 562-862-4444 (Downey), 562-690-8887 (La Habra), or 562-464-0590 (Whittier).

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