How to Protect Your Eyes

With the new discoveries nowadays about harmful rays and other hazards, we need to be more careful than ever when it comes to protecting our eyes. Here are some ways to ensure your eyes stay healthy throughout your lifetime (considering how much you need them)!


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    Invest in a pair of good-quality sunglasses. Your eyes are worth it. Polarized (selectively blocks direct sunlight and its reflections) sunglasses are better than merely dark sunglasses.
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    Never stare into direct sunlight or at any object reflecting the sun's rays (shiny metallic objects, sand/water, etc.).
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    Even if you're wearing sunglasses, never look directly at the sun.
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    Get an eye exam done at least once a year.
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    Use eye drops as directed for itchy, watery, dry, or red eyes. Avoid decongestant eye drops (usually advertised for red eye relief), which can make your eyes less red temporarily but will significantly worsen your eyes' natural lubrication in the long run. See a doctor if you think you may have pink eye.
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    Protect your eyes from eye strain when at the computer or watching television. If you are watching TV, make sure you are a good distance away from the screen. When using a computer, try to keep the monitor at least a foot away from your eyes. Be sure to blink regularly, and look away from the screen every now and then. A bigger monitor and/or bigger font size can help you see more clearly from a distance. Don't keep the brightness on your screen any higher than necessary - just enough to see comfortably. If you can, use a high contrast setting, with a black background and white or other light-colored text, to minimize the light shining into your eyes. Avoid using a computer with a window or lamp behind you, which can create bright glare on the screen and cause eye strain. Finally, the blue light that electronics emit copiously is the worst light for our eyes. On most computers, you can reduce the blue light emission (relative to red and green) by going into the graphics properties and changing the color settings. You can also get special, tinted computer glasses that reduce the amount of blue light reaching your eyes.
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    When reading, keep some distance from the book and, as with a computer, take a break and look away at distant objects occasionally.
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    LCD monitors are less harsh to look at than CRT monitors.
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    If using a CRT monitor, ensure the refresh rate is set well above 60 Hz, for instance at 85 Hz.
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    When doing anything that may get particles or fumes in your eyes, be sure to wear protective glasses/goggles. Ensure that there is a water source nearby to wash out contaminants that do get in the eyes. Do not wear contact lenses in these situations, as they can hold contaminants in.
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    Wear goggles in the pool to prevent the chemicals from the pool water out of your eyes.
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    Clean those eyes. If anything that isn't completely sterile/clean gets in your eyes, flush them with water immediately.
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    Be sure to get plenty of sleep so your eyes don't strain to stay open during the day.
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    Avoid rubbing your eyes. This is what normally causes eye infections because the bacteria on your hands/fingers can get between your eyelids. Aggressive rubbing can also damage your cornea. It can also stretch your skin and cause lines and wrinkles over time, as well as exacerbating dark circles.


  • Invest in good-quality sunglasses.
  • Designer sunglasses aren't always high quality protection eye wear.
  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Leafy greens, fish/fish oil, blueberries, eggs, nuts, and beans are particularly good for eye health.
  • If you're watching a 3D movie, take the glasses off and look around every now and then; 3D strains your eyes.
  • Be aware that 3D glasses don't block harmful rays like sunglasses do.


  • Do not put salt or peppers into your eyes.
  • Don't play with sharp objects or put them in your eyes.
  • Even with sunglasses on, never stare directly at the sun.
  • Never point a laser into your eye. This can cause permanent retinal damage.

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