Take 5 for Your Eyes

Support your eyes’ well-being, starting with these steps:

1. Don’t be a stranger to your eye-care provider. Certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma, progress subtly and cause vision changes that are practically impossible to notice until they’re extensive. That’s why it’s important to have regular eye exams with a vision professional.

2. Pile your plate with prevention. Eat with an eye toward healthy vision by incorporating foods into your diet that support eye health, such as sweet potatoes, strawberries, kale, oranges, salmon and black‑eyed peas.

3. Get moving. Exercise is key to preventing and managing diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions that can harm the eyes.

4. Shield your eyes from danger. Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays, as well as protective glasses or goggles during activities that could be hazardous to the eyes, such as using a trimmer or edger during yard work.

5. Break your gaze. Focusing on a computer for hours on end strains the eyes. Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.