Smell your eye make-up
You have probably never thought about bacteria lurking in your mascara and other eye cosmetics, but germs love these products and can end up causing eye infections. Discard your eye makeup every three months. If you balk at throwing away unfinished (and often pricey) cosmetics four times a year, try the sniff test: Simply smell them before use. “If the makeup smells off, then it is possible bacteria has overgrown in the container and it is best to consider it contaminated and not use it,” warns Benjamin Bert, MD, ophthalmologist at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. (This is why you have tired eyes after a long workday.)
Eat sunshine-colored foods
Make sure your dinner plate contains a splash of yellow or orange. Egg yolks and a wide range of orange or yellow vegetables, including carrots and pumpkin, are good sources of zeaxanthin and lutein. These vital nutrients help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the most common cause of blindness in older people. “It is important to eat a diet that incorporates fruits and vegetables of all colors, ranging from the dark green leafy vegetables, like kale, to the orange/yellow foods, like pumpkin and orange peppers,” says Dr. Bert. Here are quick recipe ideas for vision-protecting foods.
Send your children outside
An indoor lifestyle could have a negative effect on children’s eyesight, leading to an increased risk of myopia (nearsightedness).”Currently, our world has shifted to where we are constantly looking at tablets, phones, and computers, which is true for children as well,” explains Dr. Bert. “Correspondingly, there has been a surge in the rates of myopia and high myopia.” Although it’s very rare, it can progress to pathologic myopia or myopic degeneration and lead to loss of vision.” Several studies, however, including this one published in the journal PLoS One, have shown that spending time outdoors slows or prevents the progression of myopia in school-aged children.