Five things you can do for healthy eyes

You often hear about the importance of proper dental care, protecting your skin from the sun, or the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. But don’t lose sight of the importance of eye care—pun intended! The National Eye Institute offers some great insight for excellent eye health. Here's a sneak peek to get you started.

Man wearing sunglasses

Tips for healthy eyes:

1. Get to know your family health history.

A family history could mean a higher-than-average risk of developing the same disease or condition.

2. Give it a rest!

Try the 20/20/20 guideline if you’re on a computer or screen regularly: every 20 minutes, look to a point about 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

3. Keep up with regular eye care appointments.

As the American Academy of Ophthalmology notes, regular eye exams can help detect other health conditions that may not be related to an eye-specific condition, such as diabetes.

4. Nourish your eyes from the inside.

Eat dark, leafy vegetables like kale, collards, and spinach. These nutrient-rich veggies act as antioxidants for your eyes (and body).

5. Wear ultraviolet (UV) protection sunglasses.

The UV light from the sun is damaging no matter what time of year it is, even on a hazy day.

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