Eyes are the windows to the soul, so it’s important to protect them well. Instead of adding to the laundry list of things you shouldn’t do, here are a few tips on what you should be doing to protect your peepers.

1. Exercise. I’m not the first to tell you, but moderate exercise is incredibly beneficial to your overall health. Exercise increases blood flow to all the tissues of the body, including the eyes. Improved circulation resulting from aerobic exercise stimulates the elimination of toxins from the tissues of the eye.

2. Rest your eyes. If your job requires you to stare at your computer monitor all day under fluorescent lighting, there’s a good chance that you have experienced digital eye strain. Digital eye strain can cause headaches, fatigue, and attention deficit. To help reduce the effects of digital eye strain, you can use the 20/20/20 rule -- every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. Remember to blink! Staring at digital screens can lead to dry eyes.

3. Shield your vision. 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear. When it comes to daily activities such as cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, or even participating in your favorite recreational activity, we encourage you to wear protective eyewear. Invest in a pair of glasses and sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate, the same material used by NASA to make visors for astronauts, is 12 times stronger than standard plastic lenses.

4. Eat your veggies. Remember when your mom used to tell you to eat your carrots so you could see better? Turns out mom was on the right track. In addition to carrots, dark, leafy greens such as kale and collards provide essential nutrients to prolong healthy vision. Other foods that boost eye health include salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, oranges and other citrus fruits.

5. Schedule an appointment. While it’s important for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle to help prolong your healthy vision, it is still imperative that you visit an eye doctor regularly. Only your eye doctor can perform a comprehensive eye examwhich can detect early warning signs for health issues including cardiac disease, diabetes and even multiple sclerosis.

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