LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- They're two of your most precious possessions, but chances are, you take your eyes for granted. Here's the good news, the most common eye diseases are all preventable to some extent.
Here's a few ways to protect your eyes from Reader's Digest.
1. Have spinach twice a week. Studies find that lutein, a nutrient that in spinach, may prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Ideally, get your lutein in combination with some olive oil for best absorption.
2. Move your computer screen to just below eye level. Your eyes will close slightly when you're staring at the computer, minimizing fluid evaporation and the risk of dry eye syndrome.
3. Aim your car vents at your feet - not your eyes. Dry, air-conditioned air will suck the moisture out of eyes like a sponge. And dry eyes can lead to corneal abrasions and even blindness if left untreated.
4. Walk at least four times a week. Some evidence suggests that regular exercise can reduce the intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. It's also possible that walking could reduce your overall risk of developing glaucoma.
5. Turn down the heat in your house. Heat dries out the air, which, in turn, dries out your eyes. In the winter, you might also try adding some humidity with a humidifier or even bunching a lot of plants together in your room.