Your eyes are constantly working without you realizing it. They are continually taking in light and assessing your surroundings. Though our eyes take in beautiful sights, they are easy to take for granted. Properly caring for your eyes will help you continue to have a strong vision and take in all the best life has to offer for years to come.

One of the most important steps you can take to keep your eyes in great shape is to eat healthily. Nutrients like vitamins C and E, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc help reduce the risk of age-related issues like macular degeneration and cataracts. To get your daily intake of these nutrients, try eating a colorful plate of leafy greens, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, and citrus fruits.

Avoid smoking, as it increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration and causes damage to the optic nerve. Once the optic nerve is damaged, it cannot be repaired since it is made of nerve fibers that do not inherently possess the ability to regenerate independently.

Your skin is not the only thing that needs protection from UV rays. Wear sunglasses if you will be outside. Too much UV ray exposure from the sun can severely damage your vision. Select a pair that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Let your eyes rest from technology. Staring at screens for too long can give you eye strain and blurry vision, along with headaches and neck, back, and shoulder pain. It is recommended that you rest your eyes every 20 minutes – look at least 20 feet away for up to 20 seconds, and take a screen break every two hours for a period of 15 minutes.

Your eyes are important. You only have one pair, so do everything you can to protect them.

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