We all know it's important to keep our bodies healthy, but It's also important to maintain healthy eyes and it is not be time consuming to keep your eyes in great shape. Follow these simple guidelines
The first and perhaps most important is to go for regular check-ups, every two years if possible, even if you think your eyes are in good health and are having no problems.
Some eye conditions may not show obvious symptoms, for example open angle glaucoma can go unnoticed.
Another tip is to discuss eye health with relatives as there could be an inherited condition in the family that some members are unaware of. Doing this will enable you to be more aware of possible early signs of eye problems.
If you wear contact lenses, it is important that they are correctly cared for and cleaned to a high standard to prevent problems and infections. Remember to wash hands before touching the lenses and the eyes and use the correct contacts lens solution if appropriate.
Never sleep, shower or swim in contact lenses because it can put your eyes at risk of developing a severe infection which could lead to blindness.
Keeping fit and healthy does not just benefit the heart, help you feel good and help you lose weight, it can also have an great benefits on eye health. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of blindness in later life as people who light up are four times more likely to develop macular degeneration compared to non-smokers.
Diet can also effect eye health as studies have indicated that the nutrients in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C and E can help to limit the occurrence of age-related vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Don't just stay fit, stay eye fit.