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How To Protect Your Sight When Working And Playing

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Many people do not realize the value of their sight until it is too late. If you do not protect your eyes from injuries and health hazards, you could very well end up regretting your decision later on down the road. There are many things you can do to ensure your eyes are healthy and free of injury. Of course, you may need to make some lifestyle and work environment changes, but it will pay off in the long run. Regardless, if you work in an industry that puts your eyes at risk, it is still important to take the steps to keep them healthy.


Healthy Diet


Good eye health begins with a healthy diet that includes plenty of nutrients and vitamins. One of the best foods that promote eye health is the green leafy vegetable, such as kale, collard greens and spinach. These foods are filled with vitamin A, C, E, and K. Vitamin A play a major role in eye health and a strong immune system. Vitamin C plays a major role in human growth and development, as well as body functions.


Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, prevent diseases and improves vision. Vitamin K helps stabilize and regulate blood glucose levels. Uncontrolled high glucose levels are responsible for blindness.


Wear Safety Goggles


Safety goggles are designed to protect these eyes from injuries. Most workplaces that require exposure to chemicals, sharp objects, heavy machinery and dirt require their employees to wear safety goggles. Without this safety equipment, your eyes will be exposed to dozens of hazards.


Wear Sunglasses


If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the bright sunlight, you should consider wearing glasses. However, just any ole' pair of sunglasses will not protect your eyes from exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. The sunglasses will need to be polarized and offer UV protection. UV protected glasses can also reduce the potential development of macular degeneration and cataracts.


Consider Laser Surgery


If you do not enjoy wearing glasses or contacts, you may want to consider LASIK eye surgery. This procedure offers a broad ray of benefits, including vision correction, so you no longer need to wear glasses. Millions of people have already undergone laser eye surgery, with remarkable results. For individuals who refuse to wear glasses, your eyesight will continue to deteriorate. With laser surgery, you can enjoy crisper, clearer vision without the need for corrective lenses.


Stop Smoking


When most people think of the risk associated with smoking, they do not give their eyes a second thought. Of course, smoking causes respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease or COPD. If you want to protect your eyes and keep them healthy, you should kick the habit. Smoking has been linked to optic nerve damage, cataracts and macular degeneration.


Spend Less Time In Front Of The Computer


Spending extended periods in front of the computer screen will cause headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision, eyestrain and difficulty focusing at a distance. Even if you are required to spend most of your workday in front of the computer screen, you should still find ways to take a break. Spend your lunch break away from the computer just to give your eyes time to rest.