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At Vision Works, we’re passionate and dedicated to healthy eye awareness and creating an information-rich culture around how to #LoveYourEyes. With September and October dedicated to Healthy Eye Awareness Education, we’ve put together ten simple and practical tips that will help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle and be well-informed about the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness.

10 Easy Tips for Maintaining Good Eye Health
1. Consume a Well-Balanced Diet
You’ve heard it before – a healthy diet is essential for excellent eye health. Antioxidant-rich foods, such as leafy greens, nuts, carrots, and colourful fruits, can help protect your eyes from age-related disorders such as macular degeneration. Omega 3’s, found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, are also excellent for your eye health.
2. Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is critical for healthy eyes. Dehydration can cause dry eyes, which results in burny, watery eyes and even blurred vision. So drink plenty of water to keep your eyes moist and healthy.

3. Blink Regularly

We spend more time than ever before looking at screens that link us to our digital world. Computer vision syndrome and dry eyes might result from this. Combat this by using artificial tears and blink frequently.

4. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and concentrate your attention on anything at least 20 feet away (6 metres). This may help reduce eye strain.

5. Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase the risk of eye conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays when you’re outside, and for inside, get glasses with a blue-control coating that shields your eyes from the short wavelength light emitted by digital screens.

6. Get Regular Eye Exams

Regular eye exams at Vision Works can help detect and address issues early, preventing long-term vision loss.

7. Quit Smoking

Tobacco use has been related to an increased risk of eye illnesses such as macular degeneration. It’s time to quit the habit.

8. Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes and hypertension can both influence your vision. To lower the risk of eye issues, adopt a healthy lifestyle and have frequent medical check-ups.

9. Wear Eye Protection

Always use protective eyewear if you participate in sports or activities that might result in eye damage. It can help avoid incidents that could result in visual impairment.

10. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for general health, including eye health. Inadequate sleep can cause eye muscle fatigue, which affects one’s ability to focus and maintain single vision. That’s why it’s important to aim for at least 7-9 hours of decent sleep.

Maintaining good eye health is achievable with simple lifestyle changes and regular eye check-ups at your nearest Vision Works store.

By following these ten easy tips, you can protect your eyes and enjoy a lifetime of healthy vision. Remember, your eyes are irreplaceable, so make #LoveYourEyes a priority.