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    Keep your eyes in the best shape with these simple and effective eye care tips

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 26, 2023

    Do you go for regular dental check-ups? That’s a no-brainer! But guess what? Your eyes need the same attention. Wondering how to take good care of your eyes? Or you are having problems with your sight, but don’t know how to solve them? Well, we are here to help you with simple lifestyle habits, which can help to keep your eyes healthy.

    Don’t take your eyes for granted. It’s important to see your eye care provider regularly. Your eye problems can be easily prevented, if you practice essential eye care habits every single day.

    Here are some tips to maintain your eye health and keep your vision sharp.

    1. Avoid rubbing your eyes

    Do not rub or touch your eyes with your hands. Your hands are mostly exposed to dirt, bacteria, and dust. Doing so can transfer the germs and bacteria, every time you rub or touch them. Avoid putting your fingers on your eyes to prevent infection or irritation.

    Eye care is more important than you think. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
    2. Wash your hands before touching your eyes

    You should never touch your eyes, when your hands are dirty or dusty. So, wash your hands frequently before putting contacts inside your eyes. Plus, always clean your hands when putting contact lenses in or while taking them off. Be sure to disinfect your contact lenses or replace them regularly.

    3. Wear sunglasses

    It’s recommended to wear sunglasses, especially when you are stepping out during daytime hours. That’s because sun exposure can damage your eyesight and raise your risk of cataract and age relaxation macular degeneration. Choose a pair that blocks 99- 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

    4. Eat a balanced diet

    Certain nutrients like vitamin C and E, zinc, copper and beta carotene provide protection against age-related vision problems like macular degeneration. Make sure that your diet is infused with fruits and green vegetables that are rich in those nutrients to help keep your entire body healthy, including your eyes.

    5. Quit smoking

    Smoking is injurious for your overall health, and it is also very harmful for your eyes. It is also linked with various eyesight issues like cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome. In fact, it can also damage optic nerves, which can have adverse effects on your vision over time. So, quit smoking right now.

    Kick the cigarette to manage your eye health. Image: Shutterstock
    6. Get regular exercises

    Wonder how exercise can help? Well, regular exercise can prevent other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Having these diseases puts you at a higher risk of getting eye problems that can damage your vision. So doing moderate exercise, five times a week, can help protect your eyes.

    7. Limit your exposure to digital screens

    Most of us spend too much time looking at screens, and this can lead to fatigue and strain. Use the 20-20-20 rule throughout the day to give your eyes a break. Every 20 minutes look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds or wear protective eyewear while using gadgets.

    Everyone needs a regular eye exam to know the current condition of their eyes. With these tips, always get regular eye checkups.

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