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 SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. 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 Mental health Clinic mum over 'gay conversion' therapy Medical Why you should take Vitamin C this festive season Medical 5 things you didn't know about osteoporosis Medical Doctors too strict about sex after heart attack Sex From she to he – a young man's journey to happiness Medical Avoid getting sick while going on holiday From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. 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.