Dr. Natasha Withers: A spectacular sunset, a child's radiant smile, who wouldn't want to see these for a lifetime. These five easy steps will help you focus on healthier vision.
Number one, get routine checkups, school age children should have an annual vision screening. Healthy adults can go every two years until age 50 and annually thereafter. If you have a family history of eye problems, be diligent about eye exams, since many eye conditions are hereditary.
Number two, feed your vision. Eyes benefit from a diet rich in vibrant, colorful produce, whole grains and fish. Tuna and salmon especially are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which boost eye health.
Number three, wear shades, sunlight has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, skin cancer and other growths. Buy sunglasses that block out 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation. It's never too early to start. 70% of lifetime sun exposure happens before age 18.
Number four; give your eyes a break. Staring at a computer screen for hours can cause fatigue, redness, blurry vision and double vision. To reduce strain try a 20, 20, 20 rule, every 20 minutes, look about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
Don't smoke, and if you do, quit. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of macular degeneration, cataracts and nerve damage. I am Dr. Natasha. Live well!