Posted July 6, 2015
Many people make decisions based on information and myths heard while growing up. For instance, did you know the sun is bad for your eyes? Or that eating carrots won’t improve your vision? Review these six eye care tips:
- Refrigerate eyedrops – Designed to add moisture to your eyes, sometimes eyedrops can sting. However, storing the liquid in the refrigerator may help lessen the pain.
- Wear polarized sunglasses – Ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage eyes and create vision problems as you age. Wear polarized sunglasses with 100% ultraviolet (UV) protection.
- Eat dark and leafy veggies – Despite long-standing theories that carrots improve vision, nutritionists report that spinach, kale and other dark, leafy vegetables contain more vitamins and minerals important for healthy eyes.
- Enjoy low lighting – For years, parents and caregivers have warned kids not to read or watch TV in the dark. But eye doctors say reading in a room with minimal light may create a headache, but won’t hurt your eyes.
- Use soft eyeglass cloths – Eyeglass lenses scratch easily. When cleaning lenses, avoid paper towels, tissue or toilet paper, which are made from wood. Instead use a soft cloth designed for eyeglass lenses.
- See the doctor – Most eye diseases give warning signs. Visit your eye doctor for regular exams and let your doctor know if you detect any changes in your vision.
Learn more suggestions for keeping eyes healthy.