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Eyes they say, are the window to the soul. They help us see the wonders of the world and it’s important we take good care of them. It is good for you to be familiar with what good eye health actually means, so if your eyes don’t feel quite right, you know what to look out for, what you can do and when to seek help.

Your eyes can also indicate signs of more problematic issues related to your general health like diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiac problems. Tests done during an eye check-up can indicate if you need to take precautions well before general health related problems actually manifest, so regular eye tests are an essential part of maintaining your health.

Follow these simple 10 steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Visit your Eye care professional for an eye test

Visit your Eye care professional for an eye test or detailed eye examination every year. Even when your eyesight is clear and your eyes appear healthy, a visit to an eye professional is the only way to be sure that everything is fine. Remember, Check yearly, See Clearly.

Wear your Eyeglasses, Sunglasses & Contact Lenses as recommended

If you have a prescription, eyeglasses and contact lenses provide you crisp, clear and comfortable vision. Not wearing your prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses certainly strains your eyes making them work harder. Wear your prescription as recommended by your Optometrist or eye doctor.

Know your Family eye health history

Be aware of your family history of general health and eye conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac problems, arthritis, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration to name a few. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Give rest to your eye at regular intervals

Blink frequently and take regular breaks especially while working on a computer. Giving proper rest to your eyes will reduce eye strain (avoiding headaches and double vision). Follow the 20:20:20 rule i.e. every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds to relax your eyes.

Eat a balanced diet

A balanced diet consisting of colorful fruits and vegetables especially dark green leafy vegetables. Foods such as carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, corn and compounds that give these fruits and vegetables their yellow, orange and red pigments - are thought to help decrease the risk of many eye diseases. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Wear Eye Protection

Practice workplace eye safety. Where protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same. The same applies to DIY activities and risk sports.

Drink water

At least six to eight glasses a day to stay hydrated. Your tears and the delicate skin around your eyes are particularly susceptible to dryness.

Wash your hands regularly

To avoid any risk of infections like spread of colds, runny eyes and eye infections like conjunctivitis (pink eyes). This becomes all the more important when wearing contact lenses. Before handling contact lenses like wearing them or removing them, handwash with soap and water is a must.

Stop smoking or never start

Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related Macular Degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness. Smokers are twice as likely to go blind in later life. You have only one pair of eyes, look after them.

Take prompt action

Last but not the least, if you experience any change with your eyes in terms of vision, appearance and well-being, take prompt action of visiting n eye care professional as timely intervention can diagnose and treatment can reduce long terms problems. Every day, ask yourself: "Do my eyes look good, feel good and see well?"

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