Yearly physical? Check. Dentist appointment? Check. But what about your eye health?

Most vision problems are preventable; vision loss doesn’t have to be a natural part of getting older. Use these everyday tips to help set yourself up for a lifetime of seeing well.

1. Get an Eye Examination

This is the first and simplest step. Having annual exams by an eye doctor will ensure your vision is at its best, and any signs of possible eye conditions won’t go undetected. And did you know some serious systemic problems are first detectable during an eye exam?

2. Wear sunglasses (even on cloudy days!) 

Sure, sunglasses are a great fashion accessory. But more importantly, they can protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and help keep your vision sharp.  

When shopping for shades, look for a pair that blocks out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB radiation. Bonus: add a wide-brimmed hat when you’re out and about for extra protection! 

3. Eat eye-healthy foods 

It’s true: carrots are good for your eyes! In fact, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables — especially dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale — is important for keeping your eyes healthy.  Research also shows that fish high in omega-3 fatty acids — like salmon, tuna, and halibut — can help protect your vision. 

Learn more from the National Eye Institute