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The human eye is organ of vision. We use our eyes in almost every activity we perform. Wether reading, watching television and in other countless ways. It is important for language and affects developmental learning, communication,working, health and quality of life. It is very important to take care of your eyesight.

Don’t take your eye health for granted; protect your eyesight with these six tips:

1.    Eat for Good Vision
Protecting your eyes start with the food on your plate. Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamin C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems such as muscular degeneration and cataracts. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:

•    Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards
•    Salmon, tuna and other oily fish.
•    Eggs, nuts, beans and other non-meat protein sources
•    Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices 
Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you to maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

2.    Quit Smoking for Better Eyesight
Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you have tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying, smoking have shown that the more times you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed.

3.    Wear Sunglasses for Good Vision
The right kindof sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and muscular degeneration.

Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarised lenses reduces glare when driving.
If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for more protection.

4.    Use  Safety Eyewear at Home, at Work and While Playing Sports
If you work with hazardous or airborne materials at work or home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time .

Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection (such as helments with protective face masks or sport goggles with polycarbonate lenses) to shield your eyes.

5.    Look Away From the Computer for Good Eye Health

Staring at a computer screen can cause:

•    Eyestrain
•    Blurry vision
•    Difficulty in focusing at a distance
•    Headaches
•    Neck, back and shoulder pain

Protect your eye health by taking the following steps:
•    Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to date and adequate for computer use.
•    Some people may need glasses to help with contrast, glare and eye strain when using a computer.
•    Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
•    Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
•    Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
•    If your eyes are dry, blink more.
•    Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every two hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

6.    Visit Your eye Doctor  Regularly
Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and make sure that you are seeing your best.
Eyes examination can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases in their early stages, when they’re easier to treat. Depending on your eye health needs, you can see either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for an eye exam.Opthalmologists is medical doctors who specialize in eye care. they can provide general eye care , treat eye diseases and perform eye surgery. Optometrists have had four years of specialised training after college. They provide general eye care and treat the most common eye diseases. They do not perform eye surgery.

A comprehensive eye exam may include:

•    Talking about your personal and family medical history
•    Taking vision tests to see if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism (a curved cornea that blurs vision), or presbyopia (age-related vision changes)
•    Tests to see how well your eyes work together
•    Eye pressure and optic nerve tests to determine if you have glaucoma
•    External and microscopic examination of your eyes before and after dilation

You may also need other tests, depending upon your particular case


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