Protective measures to keep those peepers healthy

Looking for ways to protect your eyes and your vision? This is a great article filled with helpful tips which will help keep the  eyes and the body healthy. We hope you enjoy it.- MDA

By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D. King Features Syndicate

Look out for your eyes, and look great doing it. We’re not talking about rocking a cool pair of shades, though that’s a smart move for year-round eye protection. Smart steps that protect your eyes from leading causes of vision loss — a risk for 61 million Americans — also can keep you all-around healthy.

Who should be paying attention? You. Half of the folks at risk for eye trouble haven’t seen an eye doc lately, and many others do things that put their vision at risk every day! So here’s the latest on guarding against top vision troubles.

CONTACT LENS WEARERS: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

If you’re among the 38 million Americans who wear contact lenses, poor cleaning and wearing them too long or in the wrong places (we mean locales, not somewhere other than the eyes) boost your risk for keratitis, an infection of the cornea caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or, that’s right, an amoeba. Keratitis can cause inflammation, corneal ulcers and vision loss.

FOCUS ON BETTER EYE HEALTH:
DON’T WEAR YOUR LENSES WHEN YOU SHOWER, SWIM, GO IN A HOT TUB OR SLEEP (UNLESS YOUR DOC PRESCRIBES OVERNIGHT WEAR). WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE HANDLING YOUR LENSES. ALWAYS USE FRESH LENS SOLUTION, NEVER WATER, FOR CLEANING AND STORAGE.

2  EAT FOR HEALTHY EYES

Pile your plate with fruits and veggies. It can lower your risk for major vision-robbers like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. AMD, an eye problem for 2 million Americans, damages central vision and can make it difficult to do everyday tasks.

CHANGE HOW YOU SEE VEGGIES:
MAKE SURE YOUR FOOD CHOICES INCLUDE PLENTY OF GREEN LEAFY VEGGIES LIKE SPINACH — A TOP SOURCE OF EYE-LOVING LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN, ALSO FOUND IN ALMONDS AND MANDARIN ORANGES……..

Read more: http://tucson.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/protective-measures-to-keep-those-peepers-healthy/article_c01dc2e0-0deb-513d-98d5-a5c8a65d5769.html

Source: Arizona Daily Star