Top 5 Habits of People with Good Eyesight



Don't take your eyes for granted. Take these easy steps to keep your peepers healthy.


1. Eat Well

Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. To get them, fill your plate with:

  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards

  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish

  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources

  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices

  • Oysters and pork

A well-balanced diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight. That lowers your odds of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.


2. Quit Smoking

Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems. If you've tried to kick the habit before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.


3. Wear Sunglasses

The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive, but don’t necessarily offer added protection.

If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It's still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.


4. Use Safety Eyewear

If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.

Sports like ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.


5. Look Away From the Computer Screen

Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause:

  • Eyestrain

  • Blurry vision

  • Trouble focusing at a distance

  • Dry eyes

  • Headaches

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain

So, Taking a break once every hour is highly effective in maintaining a good eye health.


This post originally appeared on Web MD.