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A Guide to Maintaining Healthy Eyes

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Over five million Canadians have some sort of condition that causes problems for their vision. Maintaining healthy eyes can be difficult, no matter what your age is. So, how do you make sure your eye health is on track? What can you do to ensure you have optimal eye health? Read on for the tips you need to get started on this journey to keep your eyes in the best shape possible.

Healthy Eating

Following a balanced diet can help you in improving eye health. Certain vitamins and minerals are integral to keeping your eyes healthy. Some of the top nutrients you should start working into your diet include vitamin C, lutein, vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun

Too much exposure to sunlight can mean big problems for your eyesight. UV ray exposure will increase your risk of eye issues later in your life, such as macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays is one great way to make sure the sun doesn't damage your vision. But, make sure you choose a pair of sunglasses that properly protects your eyesight. Look for sunglasses that promise to block out the majority of UVA and UVB rays. And, look into your tint colour options to optimize your vision while wearing sunglasses.

Go to the Eye Doctor

Going to a professional is the best way to ensure you're doing everything possible to keep your eyes healthy. Visit an eye doctor regularly for eye exams. An eye doctor can monitor your prescription, test for eye diseases that could arise as you age, and look for warning signs when it comes to your eye health. These are just a few of the many benefits of visiting an eye doctor. Of course, if you find yourself having problems, you don't have to wait for your annual visit to get some help with your vision.

Limit Your Screen Time

Make sure that you take regular breaks from your digital screens. Staring at a screen for too long can cause short-term symptoms and could even lead to long-term issues. Take at least one minute to look away from the screen every twenty or so minutes. If you have difficulty when it comes to remembering to take a regular break, you can set a recurring alarm on your smartphone or another device so that you don't have an excuse to neglect your vision health. You can purchase blue light filters for your screens, to further reduce the impact. Optimize your chair setup to reduce strain on your eyes (and the rest of your body). Position your computer screen so you won't have to move your eyes too much. Get a comfortable desk chair to keep yourself positioned properly.

Get an Eye Exam

Are you looking for a new eye doctor to maintain your eye health? If you're in Calgary or Regina, we can help. Book an appointment for an eye exam with Eye Health Centres today at one of our 3 locations.


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