Home > Medical > Eye Health > Health tips Updated 06 March 2014 Your eyes are very vulnerable The eyes may be proclaimed to be the windows of the soul, but, in truth, they are extensions of the brain. 0 Shutterstock Child who can see in the dark Healthy eyes on the digital world The eyes may be proclaimed to be the windows of the soul, but, in truth, they are extensions of the brain. This fact makes them very 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.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 and wear sunglasses protecting your eyes against ultraviolet A and B rays.Eat foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, such as cooked carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, oranges, paw-paw and melon. Slideshow: Eye care myths you probably believedWin an unforgettable trip for two to Zanzibar! More in Medical Show us your shades More: Eye HealthHealth tips advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Inflammatory muscle disorder may increase risk for heart attack, stroke Medical Nigerian hospital quarantined after first Ebola death Medical Penis amputation instead of circumcision Medical Public and health workers urged to be on the lookout for people with Ebola symptoms News Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes Medical Hospitalised woman dies of Ebola after taken to traditional healer From our sponsors Occlusal disease, a modern day dental problem Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.