Sight is one of the most precious senses we have. However, many of us take it for granted until something goes wrong. Then what? Your vision is needed to navigate the world around you. There's a lot to see out there whether it's the sight of your firstborn child or maybe a fantastic mountain range. The gift of sight is truly that, a gift.

May is National Healthy Vision Month. Now more than ever, it's important to do whatever you can to keep your vision focused. The good news is some things fit right into your day-to-day routine that will keep your eyes going long and strong. The medical resource website WebMD outlines some all-around good practices. Keep scrolling to explore these steps.

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Photo: Predrag Images/Getty Images

Kick the Cigarettes

This probably isn't what smokers want to hear. However, smoking can lead to cataracts, and damage your optic nerve among other things. The best practice is to quit if at all possible. Ask your doctor for help.


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Photo: RomarioIen/Getty Images

Eat Healthy

Healthy vision starts with the food you eat. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zinc plus vitamins C and E are essential. Examples of foods high in these nutrients include:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • Oranges, citrus fruits, or juices
  • Oysters and pork
  • Salmon or tuna
  • Eggs, nuts, and beans


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Photo: cyano66/Getty Images

Wear Protective Goggles/Eyewear

A great way to keep your eyes safe is to avoid any foreign contact. Safety goggles are perfect for on the job and around the house. Playing sports like racquetball and hockey also requires proper eye protection. You only have one pair of eyes.


Photo: Getty Images/Abilene Eye Institute
Photo: Getty Images/Abilene Eye Institute

Take a Break From the Computer Screen

Nothing will beat your eyes down like staring at a computer screen for hours on end. This goes for cell phones too. Looking at a screen for a prolonged amount of time can lead to:

  • Headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Trouble focusing at a distance
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision


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Sport Those Shades

Too much UV exposure from the sun is a no-go for your eyes. It increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. The right pair of shades can remedy that. Plus, you'll look cool.


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Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Everyone needs to get regular eye exams, including the kiddos. They help protect your eyes and allow you to see your best.

Abilene Eye Institute Cataract & Lasik Surgery Center has the team you need to stay focused on what's most important to you. They've been taking care of Abilene's eyes for 30 years. The doctors and staff use the most state-of-the-art and up-to-date equipment and procedures all while making you feel comfortable and right at home.

National Healthy Vision Month is upon us. The time is now to schedule your appointment with the Abilene Eye Institute Cataract & Lasik Surgery Center professionals. Call them today at 800-695-2020.

Protect your vision. There are plenty of beautiful things right here in Texas that you don't want to miss out on. For example, Texas has some of the most breathtaking waterfalls you'll ever lay your eyes on. Look below and you'll see what I mean.

10 Breathtaking Waterfalls in Texas

Did you know that Texas has quite a few waterfalls? Yep, we have more than just oil, horses, cows, and cactus.

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