Smell your eye make-up
You have probably never thought about bacteria lurking in your mascara and other eye cosmetics, but germs love these products and can end up causing eye infections. Discard your eye makeup every three months. If you balk at throwing away unfinished (and often pricey) cosmetics four times a year, try the sniff test: Simply smell them before use, suggests the Mayo Clinic. Mascara will smell just as bad as fish does when it’s not fresh. (This is why you have tired eyes after a long workday.)
Eat sunshine-colored foods
Make sure your dinner plate contains a splash of yellow or orange. Egg yolks and a wide range of orange or yellow vegetables, including carrots and pumpkin, are good sources of zeaxanthin and lutein. These vital nutrients help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the most common cause of blindness in older people. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have reported that people in their 50s who regularly eat food containing the yellow pigment that gives egg yolks their bright color are less likely to develop AMD. Dark green vegetables, including kale, cabbage, spring greens, spinach, cos lettuce, broccoli and zucchini, have the same beneficial effect. Here are quick recipe ideas for vision-protecting foods.
Send your children outside
An indoor lifestyle could have a negative effect on children’s eyesight, leading to an increased risk of myopia (nearsightedness). Scientists at Cambridge University found that children spend too little time outside, where the light is natural and the horizons are further away. Making more use of distance vision and increased exposure to ultraviolet light are the principal health gains of having regular time playing outside, the scientists reported in the journal Ophthalmology. Studies show that every hour children regularly spend outside reduces their risk of near-sightedness by 2 percent.