When it comes to eye health, prevention is an excellent strategy for preserving the quality of your vision and your ocular comfort. Sight is one of your 5 senses, and it is essential to take care of it throughout your life. Of course, an annual appointment with your optometrist is one of the best ways to maintain the quality of your vision. But in addition, here are our top 5 tips to keep your eyes healthy!

Eating a balanced diet for eye health

A balanced diet helps keep your eyes healthy for the long term. In addition, it can slow the development of age-related vision problems, including macular degeneration and cataracts. By introducing foods rich in vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as zinc and omega-3, you are helping to keep your body and vision healthy! Don't hesitate to regularly add green vegetables, legumes, citrus fruits, nuts, eggs and fatty fish to your plate.

Stay hydrated to avoid dry eyes

Insufficient hydration can make your eyes dry. And when eyes are dry, tears can no longer play their protective role against the risk of infection. In addition, dry eyes can lead to eye irritation and sometimes vision problems. That's why drinking water regularly throughout the day helps keep your eyes well-lubricated.

Just remember to drink a large glass of water several times a day to stay hydrated, and you're done!

Avoid rubbing your eyes hard

We all rub our eyes from time to time, and it is often a sign of fatigue in children. However, it is safer to avoid rubbing your eyes too hard to risk irritating or infecting them. This is because dust particles or other material can get lodged in your eye. If you habitually rub your eyes to try to dislodge an annoying particle, you risk scratching your cornea.

Eye rubbing is one of the causes of eye infections, such as conjunctivitis. Because your hands come into contact with so many germs during the day, it's best to keep them away from the eyes.

If you want to rub your eyes, use lubricating drops or a cold water compress instead. The relief is often immediate!

Protecting the eyes from the sun's rays

Prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays increases the risk of macular degeneration or cataracts. The simplest and most effective solution is to equip each family member with a pair of quality sunglasses.

The sunglasses you will find in all IRIS stores block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. And for children, wearing a cap or hat is important to protect their sun-sensitive eyes.

Protect your eyes from screens

Light from screens can cause eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches. How do you protect your eyes from screens?

If you spend all day in front of a screen, there are several eye protection techniques you can implement at work:

  • Place your screen 50 cm from your eyes.
  • Avoid reflections from a window or light on your screen.
  • Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look away.
  • Use a filter on your screen to reduce the blue light.
  • Wear TrueBlue glasses that limit blue light.

Preserve your eyesight by adopting the proper lifestyle habits, and don't hesitate to pass on these tips to others!