Our eyes play an important part in our health — they help us see and make sense of the world around us. As we age, our eyesight can decline, and without proper care and nutrition, this process can happen even faster. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your eyes healthy.

  1. BE ACTIVE: Regular exercise can delay the onset of age-related macular degeneration — the top cause of vision loss later in life.
  2. GET AN EYE EXAM EVERY YEAR: Everyone should see an optometrist annually, even if you have 20/20 vision. Your doctor will check for early symptoms of serious eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.
  3. WEAR SUNGLASSES: Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation, which can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
  4. GIVE YOUR EYES A REST: If you spend a lot of time looking at screens your eyes will become tired. Close your eyes or practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look away to about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
  5. EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES: A healthy diet including fresh fruit, dark, leafy greens and Omega-3 fatty acids are proven to reduce your risk of macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more.

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