EYE HEALTH BASICS
Taking great care of your eyes
Whether you clock long hours in front of a screen or you prefer exploring the outdoors until sundown, keeping your eyes healthy can help keep you happy.
Protect your eyes from the sun
Eyes are vulnerable to UV rays just like your skin. That's why knowing ways to protect them, like with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV blocking# in your contacts lenses, is so important.
Eat eye-healthy foods
Certain foods can support your eye health now and even prevent vision damage later in life, reducing your risk of serious chronic eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration .
Certain foods can support your eye health now and even help prevent vision damage later in life, reducing your risk of serious chronic eye conditions like cataracts or macular degeneration. Include foods with these key vitamins and nutrients in your diet:
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
These nutrients may reduce the risk of eye diseases like cataracts and can be found in kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, raspberries, papaya, peaches and mangoes.
This vitamin may lower your risk of developing cataracts, and when taken with other nutrients, it may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss. Vitamin C can be found in oranges, grapefruits, kiwi, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and red and green peppers.
This vitamin helps protect your eyes and can be found in almonds, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, avocadoes, wheat germ, and sweet potatoes.
Essential fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids help with visual development and retinal function, and can help reduce inflammation and enhance tear production. Sources of essential fatty acids include fish such as salmon and tuna.
Beans and lentils, seeds, meat/seafood, dairy, and eggs are all sources of zinc, which helps bring vitamin A to the retina to help produce a protective pigment in the eyes.
What should I learn next?
Now that you know the basics of how to help keep your eyes healthy, it can be helpful to be proactive and learn not only about the anatomy of the eye itself, but also vision issues and eye conditions to look out for over your lifetime.
The anatomy of the eye
Your eyes are made up of many intricate parts that each play an important role in helping you see.
The protective outer coating of the eyeball, also known as the white of the eye.
The clear, dome-shaped part of the eye in front of the pupil, responsible for focusing light.
The delicate membrane that covers and protects the surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid.
Gives the eye its color and expands or contracts the pupil to manage incoming light.
The small, black spot in the centre of the iris, which allows light to enter the eye.
The flexible tissue behind the iris and pupil that focuses light on the retina.
The layer of tissue at the back of the eye that reacts to light and sends messages to the brain through the optic nerve.
A small area at the centre of the retina densely packed with the majority of our eye's cone cells. The cones enable our colour vision and their arrangement in the macula enables our fine central acuity.
Aqueous Humour & Vitreous Humour
The fluids inside the eyeball that help give them shape.
Images are for illustrative purposes only and may not be anatomically accurate.
What else can affect my eyes?
#Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea & into the eye.
WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long-term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care professional for more information.
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Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye care professional. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye care professional immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-267-5098, or download the Patient Instruction Guides.