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eyes-e1400688671236   The eye, they say, is the window of the soul. The beauty of life is seen through these beautiful windows; that is why the need for proper eye care cannot be over emphasized. Diet and regular health checkups are two very important factors which will determine the state of your eyes. Eyes like every other part of the body should been given a lot of attention, but truly the reverse is the case for so many people. A lot of people show more concern about the face, tummy, arms, biceps,triceps etc., forgetting that healthy vision is also vital for a healthy life. Below are a few tips and exercises to maintain good vision and keep your eyes healthy. 1. Eat healthy for healthy vision: Protecting your eyes starts with having a balanced diet. It helps you maintain healthy weight, which in turn fights against obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, which is a leading cause of blindness in adults. Another tip is to eat lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables. Studies have shown that carrots, sweet potatoes, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, spinach, fatty acids, lutein, zinc, vitamins C and beans are good for the health of your eyes. A lot of the sources mentioned contain beta carotene which is an antioxidant that reduces the risk of macular degeneration. 2. Select right glasses for your eyes: Select well recommended glasses for your eyes. Ideal sunglasses will help protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.Over exposure to UV rays makes you more vulnerable to cataracts and macular degeneration. Get sunglasses that can prevent 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wrap around lenses are highly recommended, since they help protect the side of your eyes. If you work in environments that are exposed to airborne particles goggles are recommended. 3. Spend less time on the computer: The glare from computer screens causes muscle fatigue in the eyes either from being too bright or too dark. Staring at a computer screen can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes, and headaches. Try not to spend so much time looking at your computer screen. People rarely blink when they are looking at the screen and this causes dry eyes. Make a conscious effort to blink every 30 seconds when you are sitting down and looking at your screen to combat dry eyes. 4. Visit your eye doctor regularly: Regular eye checkups are highly recommended for everyone, both adults and children. This helps protect your sight and makes sure your vision is up to standard. This process also helps find any eye disease that has no symptoms such as glaucoma. See an ophthalmologist who can provide general eye care for regular check-ups. 5. Exercise your eyes, and avoid reading in dim lights: Focus your eyes on objects that are close and far apart, repeat this drill over and over again. Here is another exercise; use your palms to cover your eyes for at least 15 seconds, repeat over and over. Avoid reading in dim light. In summary, if you are on recommended glasses, make sure they are up to date. Glasses may be recommended for people who spend a lot of time on their computers. Blink at least every thirty seconds to avoid dry eyes. Rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Take breaks if necessary, and eat more protein and vegetables. Remember the beauty of life is seen through your eyes.      

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This article was first published on 21st May 2014

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