Eye Health

Updated 13 February 2015

Keep an eye on your eyes

Some people believe that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But, in truth, the eyes are extensions of the brain.

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Some people believe that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But, in truth, the eyes are extensions of the brain. This makes them very vulnerable organs: vulnerable to injury, to bacteria and viruses, and to deterioration of their internal structures.

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Here's how to take care of your eyes: have your vision checked regularly – if you're 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 that protect your eyes from ultraviolet A and B rays; and eat foods rich in vitamin A, such as cooked carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, oranges, paw-paw and melon.

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg and is currently practising at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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