Home > Medical > Eye Health > Health tips Updated 22 October 2013 Eye care basics The eyes may be proclaimed to be the windows of the soul, but, in truth, they are extensions of the brain. 0 Pin It iStock Healthy eyes on the digital world A journey through the human eye: how we see 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; wear sunglasses protecting your eyes against ultraviolet A and B rays; and eat foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, such as cooked carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, oranges, paw-paw and melon. Visit our Eye Health CentreWin your share of R100 000 in dream investments More in Medical Show us your shades More: Eye HealthHealth tips advertisement Get a quote Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover 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 Caffeine and alcohol affect your DNA Lifestyle Why mosquitoes bite us Fitness It's never too late to start exercising Lifestyle Good body image tied to happier relationships Medical 135 million will have dementia by 2050 Parenting 'Sensory integration' may help autistic kids From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Child nutrition » Your child's nutrition Nutrition for schoolkids Diets for toddlers The parent's guide to food labels Making sense of food labels and matching them to the needs of family members can be a challenge. Here are some tips from dietician Megan Pentz-Kluyts. Financial wellness » Money disappointments Investment tips Financially freaked out? High debt may have negative health consequences A new study found that high financial debt is associated with higher blood pressure and poorer general and mental health in young adults.