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Check out These 5 Tips for Healthy Eyes


Check out These 5 Tips for Healthy Eyes

Our eyesight is essential to our daily lives, so it’s important to keep an eye on it (see what we did there? Oh, double pun!) It’s easy to keep your eyes healthy. Just follow these 5 simple tips:

1 Get regular eye tests                                                                          

Incredibly, over 300,000 Australians have glaucoma – but only half are aware of it. That’s why getting your eyes tested regularly is so important. 
Sight tests can also pick up on signs of cataracts, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and other conditions. Be sure to get your eyes checked at least every two years. They’re covered under Medicare, and some additional services are subsidies.

2  Eat a balanced diet

Ah yes, it always comes down to diet. Eating a range of healthy foods including fruits and vegetables can help guard against common eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Opt for leafy, green vegetables to get a hit of zinc, and up your intake of omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish). It’s also a good idea to get your vitamin levels checked.
A nutritionist or dietician can help you plan a healthy diet.

3 Quit smoking

There’s a direct link between smoking and eye diseases like AMD and cataracts. In fact, smokers are four times more likely to develop AMD. So ditch the cigarettes as soon as you can. A health professional can help you devise a successful quit plan.

4 Wear sunnies

We all know the sun is a scorcher in our part of the world. Which is why the Cancer Council added ‘wrap on sunglasses’ to its infamous ‘slip, slop, slap’ campaign.
Even when it’s overcast, sunglasses reduce glare, protect your eyes from harmful UV light, and also act as protection against debris and other objects. 

5 Give your eyes a break

Do your eyes get a lot of screen time? Then be sure to take regular breaks. Use the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet (6 metres) away for 20 seconds.

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