Health Tip: Protecting Your Eyes

How to keep them healthy

(HealthDay News) -- There are important steps you should take to keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision problems.

Here are suggestions from the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Have regular checkups performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. They should be done at least annually if you are older than age 65 or if you have diabetes.
  • Have an eye exam if you notice any changes in vision, including blurriness, dimness, blind spots, or halos around lights.
  • Wear sunglasses whenever you're outside.
  • Avoid too much alcohol and cigarette smoking.
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • If you are diabetic, keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.
  • Eat foods that have plenty of antioxidants, such as leafy greens and vegetables.
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