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How can I protect my eyes?

The best option is to keep your eyes as healthy as possible throughout your lifetime. Here are nine ways to protect your vision:

  • Get a dilated eye exam.
  • Know your family's eye health history.
  • Eat right to protect your sight -- in particular, eat plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.
  • Quit smoking or never start.
  • Wear sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly to avoid the risk of infection.
  • Practice workplace eye safety.

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