Many people don't consider the importance of eye health until they begin to experience problems with their eyes or vision. Indeed, taking care of your eyes is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health.

An optometrist will always recommend important activities you can do to keep your eyes healthy and to avoid any potential damage. It's therefore important to regularly have your eyes and vision inspected by an optometrist. Here are 4 other tips you should follow.

Eat healthy

Some foods that you can eat contain critical nutrients that contribute to the overall health of your eyes. For example, vitamins C and E, zinc, and fatty acids have been shown to keep the eye healthy and to prevent vision problems that are associated with aging.

To start a healthy diet that will keep your eyes healthy, eat more leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale and collard greens), salmon, eggs and beans. You can also benefit from adding oranges and other citrus fruits to your diet.

Exercise care around electronic equipment

Staring at these displays for long hours can cause blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes and eyestrain. To avoid such symptoms, take frequent breaks to prevent the eyes from getting strained. Also make sure computer screens are on the same level with your eyes, and try to minimize glare from overhead lights or windows. It can help to install anti-glare screen protectors for your devices.

If you notice that your eyes are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, make sure they are inspected by an optometrist as soon as possible. 

Wear sunglasses

On a bright, sunny day, your eyes may be subjected to harmful UV rays from the sun. These UV rays have been shown to cause cataracts and other conditions such as macular degeneration. Make sure you protect your eyes with sunglasses on these bright days.

Be careful around sharp objects

If you work in an environment where sharp objects are prevalent, you should make sure you wear protective equipment such as goggles. The same applies when playing sports such as baseball, cricket and racquetball or when working with sharp items in the home.

Avoid reading in low light conditions

When trying to read a book or other material in low light, you can end up straining your eyes and putting pressure on your vision. This can eventually result in blurry vision or constant eye irritation.

Make sure you have enough light in the room before you attempt to do any heavy reading. And if you notice any symptoms of eye irritation, make sure you visit an optometrist to have your eyes inspected.