May 2, 2019 02:00 PM NPT
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You may be working in the office, the road, kitchen, construction area or just in your room, and your eyes play a very important role in your daily activities: from turning off your alarm to preparing your bed for a good night sleep. You need to keep your eyes healthy.
Regular eye checkups could help monitor and maintain your good vision. But there are other ways that could help you prevent eye damage and improve your eyesight.
Washing your hands, adding vegetables to your diet or watching your weight are among the simple hacks to protect your eyes.
How To Get Better Eyesight
1. The 20-20-20 rule
As you work almost the entire day, it is not just your body that gets tired. Your eyes also work hard during the day, especially when you are someone who stays in front of a computer for long hours.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule to help your eyes rest and return to their good condition. Stop staring at your computer every 20 minutes, look somewhere else 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
2. Take your vitamins and minerals
Getting vitamins A, C and E and the mineral zinc could improve your eye health. They provide antioxidants that can help prevent macular degeneration.
Carrots, red peppers, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, sweet potato and citrus are good sources of these nutrients, according to Healthline.
Maintaining a healthy weight can improve not just your waistline but your vision too. Staying active and fit reduces the risk of having type 2 diabetes, which can also damage the blood vessels in the eyes.
The condition causes small arteries in the retina to leak blood and fluid into the eyes, which then harms your vision.
4. Avoid or stop smoking
Smoking cigarettes is widely known to be bad for everyone. It damages your lungs, heart, skin and teeth. But these are not the only parts of the body that get affected badly.
Your eyes suffer too. Smoking could increase the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
5. Keep your hands clean
A good hygiene promotes good eye health. The eyes can easily get irritated because of germs and infections. Always wash your hands before touching your eyes or before putting on contact lenses.