Tips for Vision Health from the National Eye Institute

Get moving.

Being overweight or obese can put you at higher risk for diabetes and other conditions that can lead to vision problems.

Speak up if your vision changes.

Is your vision blurry? Do you squint a lot? It may be time to visit your eye doctor.

Keep the germs away.

Always wash your hands before putting them close to your eyes, especially if you’re putting in or taking out contact lenses.

Gear up.

Playing your favorite sport? Using chemicals during science class? Mowing the lawn? Wear the right protection to keep your eyes safe. Many eye injuries can be prevented with better safety habits such as using protective eyewear.

Wear your shades.

The sun’s rays can hurt your eyes. Choose sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun. And remember, you should never look directly at the sun.

Give your eyes a break.

Do you spend a lot of time looking at a computer, phone, or TV screen? Staring at any one thing for too long can tire your eyes. Give your eyes a rest with the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.