Five ways to protect your vision
The eyes may or may not be windows to the soul, but experts say they certainly give a snapshot of overall health. The retina mirrors general health status, so here’s what experts say are the healthy habits that have a directly protective effect on vision.
Exercise regularly: Eyes rely on good circulation.
Avoid irritants: Smoke and other environmental concerns such as dust and allergens irritate the eye.
Eat your greens: A diet rich in antioxidants, especially lutein and zeaxanthin (found in green leafy vegetables), vitamin E (found in nuts) and vitamin C (found in citrus), has been shown to promote eye health.
Get some shut-eye: Sleeping eyes are continually bathed in tears, which helps clear away dust and allergens.
Get regular screenings: After a baseline exam at 40, go back as often as your doctor recommends; after 65, have an exam every one to two years.