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​Having healthy eyes is essential for everything that goes on in our daily lives. Whether you’re at work, cooking at home, or driving down a road, we use our eyes for nearly everything that we do. Therefore, it’s important to do your best to keep your eyes as healthy as possible. Your Nevada eye doctor at Eyezone have some tips to keep your vision sharp.

Eat Plenty of Vitamins and Minerals

Eating the right things can give your eyes vital nutrients to keep your eyes seeing at their best. To get the crystal clear eyesight that you know you want, choose foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These antioxidants, as well as the mineral zinc, will help prevent the macula in your eye – the part that helps vision – from deteriorating.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out of your way to get these healthy nutrients. You can find everything you need, as well as other great vitamins and minerals, in these food sources:

  • Carrots
  • Red Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Avocado
  • Everything Citrus


​Not only will you be doing a great service to your eyes, but those nutrients will also be going towards keeping your whole body healthy. It’s a win-win!

Wear Protective Eyewear

Sure, no one really likes wearing glasses, but did you know wearing glasses can help prevent the need for permanent glasses? Wearing protective eyewear, whether it be sunglasses or goggles, during activities where your eyes are at risk can protect your eyes from harmful elements and hazardous situations.

Put on those shades

While the sun’s rays are harmful to your skin, they are also harmful to your eyes. Frequent exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays will harm your eyes and may potentially cause conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, pingueculae, and pterygia. Sunglasses can significantly cut down on the amount of concentrated UVC and UVB rays that hit your eyes. So in addition to making you look cool sunglasses also help protect your eyes. Another win-win!

Goggles save eyes

When you’re in the comfort of your own home doing chores or a little DIY project, the last thing you’re gonna think about is your eyes. When you’re handling hazardous chemicals like bleach or stain remover you’re only one rogue splash away from serious eye damage. Why risk it when you can wear protective eye goggles?

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

Just like other muscles in your body, your eyes can get worn out. Overworking any muscle without giving it proper rest can permanently damage it. The eye is no different. To ease eye strain and give your eye muscles a break, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, this gives your eyes time to recover -almost like a cooldown period.

Avoid overexposure to blue lightEye strain is commonly found by those who work with computers frequently. The blue light that emits from computers can be especially harmful after prolonged exposures. If you spend a lot of time with computers then it is highly recommended you follow the 20-20-20 rule. Read our article on for more information about the harmful effects of blue light.

Exercise

If you thought you already had enough reasons to make use of that gym membership you bought at New Year’s then think again. Exercising improves blood circulation across your whole body, including your eyes. Cardiovascular exercises can lower pressure in your eyes and increase the flow of blood to your eye’s optic nerves and retina. Just a simple act of walking for 20-minutes 4 to 5 times a week can help your entire body.

Make Time to See an Eyezone Eye Doctor

Now that you’re pretty sharp about how to keep your eyes healthy, its time to see if your vision is sharp too. Come visit an Eyezone optometrist in Reno, Carson City, Fallon, and Lake Tahoe for a full eye examination. Request an appointment with EyeZone, we have the best eyeglasses and contact lens brands in Nevada!

Written by Daniel Rowan

Reno optometrist, Dr. Daniel Rowan, was raised in Western Canada and attended Norwich University in Vermont on a hockey scholarship. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in both biology and sports medicine, he received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the New York College of Optometry in 2001. He performed rotations in a Queens VA hospital, specializing in glaucoma care, and an outpatient eye clinic in the Bronx. Immediately after graduating, he moved to Nevada and is now considered a top Reno optometrist. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and is board-certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry for the treatment and management of ocular diseases.
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