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Keep an eye on your peepers

HealthBy Sunday World
Keep an eye on your peepers

The gift of sight is one of the most important we're given. So if you're lucky enough to have eyes that are healthy and function well, it's crucial you take measures to keep things that way.

This week (21-27Sep15) marks National Eye Health Awareness Week, a time to consider how well you look after your peepers and if there are things you can improve. We run you through some of the top tips to keep your sight functioning at its best.

Diet

A healthy diet is important in all areas of life, but eating certain things can greatly improve eye health. Good fats protect against macular degeneration, a painless condition that leads to a gradual loss of central vision. If you want to guard against it, think about upping your intake of avocados, olive oil, coconut oil and nuts and seeds.

Work

Many jobs these days involve staring at a computer screen. And while technology makes our lives easier in many ways, it can negatively affect our eyes. Your peepers need a rest, so follow the 20-20-20 rule. Give them a break every 20 minutes, by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Dry eyes

A by-product of a diet low in good fats and hours spent staring at a screen is dry eye syndrome. It causes your peepers to feel gritty and tired and can make it difficult to keep your eyes open at work. Omega 3 can help with this problem, so think about taking a supplement like NHP Omega 3 Support. Support from ultra deep sea fish oil will help tackle the issue.

Stop smoking

Tar and nicotine negatively affect the body in so many ways, but your eyes will also suffer from smoking. In fact, smokers are four times more likely to go blind in old age. It can cause macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage.

Sun damage

UV rays don't just cause wrinkles and cancer, they can also affect the eyes. Sun damage can also lead to macular degeneration, which you can protect against by wearing sunglasses when it's bright out. Look for labels boasting UV 400, which block all UVA and UVB rays.

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