HEALTH

Poor Eyesight: 6 Things You Do That Damages Your Vision

  • 1. Looking At Screens
    1 / 6 1. Looking At Screens

    Blue light from your devices may be linked to macular degeneration, an impairment of your central vision.

    Related: Eye Exercises To Improve Your Vision

    Plus, not blinking fully while staring at a screen can cause “computer vision syndrome”—dryness, pain, and fatigue.

    SAVE YOUR SIGHT: Keep any screen at least 16 inches from your face, and bump up the text size, says Mark Rosenfield, Ph.D., of SUNY College of Optometry.

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  • 2. Stress
    2 / 6 2. Stress

    The stress hormone cortisol can lead to impaired retinal function.

    This can result in a condition known as central serous chorio-retinopathy (CSCR), a buildup of liquid that causes blurry vision.

    Related: Why Your Vision Is Blurry When You Drive At Night

    SAVE YOUR SIGHT: Exercise and meditation can slash stress. Or rock out regularly: An hour at a live music event can lower cortisol levels by 25 percent, a U.K. study found.

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  • 3. Reading Too Close To Your Face
    3 / 6 3. Reading Too Close To Your Face

    The closer you hold something to your face—a phone, a book—the harder your eyes work. This strain may cause your eyeballs to elongate, possibly resulting in myopia.

    Related: Reading Books Can Lower Stress Hormones And Lengthen Your Life

    SAVE YOUR SIGHT: Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a break and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

    Look out a window if you can; broad vistas help your eyes relax.

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  • 4. Being Clumsy
    4 / 6 4. Being Clumsy

    Blunt trauma to the eye—say, from an errant ball or elbow—is the most common cause of vision loss in young men.

    One nightmare is a detached retina, which can also result from any violent head movement—even an intense sneeze.

    Related: Why You Should See Your Eye Doctor – Even If You Think You’re Fine

    SAVE YOUR SIGHT: Wear protective glasses when you play sports. If you do take a hit and then notice spots or arcs of flashing light, head immediately to the ER.

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  • 5. Skipping Your Greens
    5 / 6 5. Skipping Your Greens

    Avoiding leafy greens means you miss out on nutrients, such as nitrates and lutein, that can help ward off glaucoma and macular degeneration.

    Related: Eating Fruits and Vegetables Could Make You As Happy As Getting a Job

    SAVE YOUR SIGHT: Nitrates help promote bloodflow to the retina.

    A recent study found that people who eat 240 milligrams a day (a cup of spinach) are 30 percent less likely to develop glaucoma than greens haters.

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  • 6. Smoking And Being Overweight
    6 / 6 6. Smoking And Being Overweight

    If you’re a smoker, obese, or both, your risk of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases skyrockets by as much as 300 percent!

    Related: 7 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Effective

    SAVE YOUR SIGHT: Lose the extra weight (duh) and ditch the cancer sticks (double duh). Eating a diet that’s rich in fatty fish, fruits, and vegetables (especially those high in vitamin C and zinc) is beneficial for eye health.

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