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In fact, they are one of the most vulnerable sensory organs. Vulnerable to injury, to bacteria and viruses, and to deterioration of their internal structures.
Make sure you take good care of your eyes.

Unhealthy factors
Straining them too much such as hours in front of the television or the computer. Concentrating on something for a long period of time like this doesn't give your eyes the rest that it needs. It usually begins to feel like it's about to pop out of your eye sockets or hurt to the point that a headache occurs. With this, I would suggest to take a break or get some sleep. Rest your eyes and try a healthier lifestyle.

Diet and eye care

Below you will find the four absolute worst dietary things you can do for your eyes.

1) Smoke:
Okay, sure, it’s not technically a food, but you do “ingest” tobacco smoke. And smoking is at the top of this list for the simple reason that it is the most preventable cause of eye health problems, including macular degeneration and cataracts.

The various toxins and carcinogens contained in tobacco smoke enter into your bloodstream via your lungs, and from there they head straight for your eyes. These toxins can affect retinal function, and they can exacerbate macular degeration.

2) Eat a High-Fat Diet:
A diet centered around high-fat foods is of course unhealthy for many reasons, including causing cardiovascular problems like ateriosclerosis. And just as these transfats can clog the arteries to your heart, they can also clog up the arteries to your eyes, and this can cause damage to your optic nerve and potentially result in loss of vision.

Despite their value as part of an occasional energy-dense meal, fats (especially transfats, like partially hydrogenated soybean oil, butter and margarine) should never play an excessive role your diet.

3) Eat too much salt:
Salt is shamelessly overused in restaurants and in many prepared foods. Well, here’s another reason to be concerned about your sodium intake: high sodium levels in your body can lead to high blood pressure, which can restrict the flow of blood to the eyes. Remember, blood nourishes your cells, and it also takes pollutants and waste products away from your cells. This includes the cells of your optic nerves and your retinas.

4) Be Severely Overweight:
According to the Mayo Clinic, “being severely overweight increases the chances that early or intermediate macular degeneration will progress to the more severe form of the disease.”

Furthermore, if you're overweight, you run a high risk of having Type II (adult onset) diabetes. And diabetes, especially if not managed properly, can cause all sorts of problems with the eyes, including lost vision due to leaking blood vessels in the retina.

Take action:
Have your vision checked regularly – if you are short-sighted by more than -4.00 D (check your prescription), have a yearly retinal check done by your ophthalmologist; keep chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, under control; wear sunglasses protecting your eyes against ultraviolet A and B rays; and eat foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, such as cooked carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, oranges, paw-paw and melon.
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