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13 Ways to Protect Your Eyes and Maintain Eye Health


Being able to see clearly is an important requirement for a variety of lifestyles — without it, many of us would struggle to carry out our jobs, support our families, and enjoy our favorite hobbies. While it’s possible for people without this kind of vision to enjoy very meaningful lives, there’s no denying that those with healthy eyes should work to maintain their eyesight.

These days, it can be surprisingly easy to hurt our eyes. Whether it’s staring at a monitor for an extended period of time or failing to go for regular eye exams, many of us fail to take some simple and straightforward steps to ensuring our eyes remain in tip-top shape. So, what can you do to help maintain eye health?

1. Go for Regular Eye Exams

Many of us make a point of scheduling regular checkups with our family physician and dentist. We may even regularly visit other health professionals, including massage therapists, physiotherapists, and specialists in areas focused on specific body parts, such as the feet, back, or joints.

But far too few people bring this same approach to maintaining their eye health. And that’s a problem, as it’s unlikely a family doctor or dentist will notice a vision problem, let alone be able to diagnose it. So, schedule a visit with your optometrist at least once a year, preferably twice. It could help you discover and begin treatment for serious eye problems, from glaucoma to macular degeneration, before they have a chance to significantly impact your overall eyesight.

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