Vision Care is Self-Care
As we age, things have a tendency to deteriorate naturally or through excessive use and injury. Perhaps you, or someone you know, has had to replace things like knees, hips, and even teeth. Although science has come a long way with these types of replacements, it hasn’t made its way to the eyes yet, which makes caring for your eyes all that more important.
Here are some of the best things you can do to care for your eyes. Bonus…they’re also great for your overall health!
You really are what you eat. Your eyes need omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E among others. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes a variety of colorful vegetables, fish such as salmon, tuna and halibut, eggs, nuts, beans, and citrus fruit.
Focus on Fitness
Many diseases that lead to eye problems stem from being overweight and not exercising regularly. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity all increase your risk of eye disease or vision problems. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly to keep your eyes healthy.
Smoking increases the likelihood of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and damage to your optic nerve. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do, get the help you need to quit.
UV rays can increase your risk of eye disease. Sport some stylish sunglasses that block out 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Give It A Rest
We use our eyes a LOT. Give them a rest from all the screen time. Try implementing the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look 20 feet out in front of you for 20 seconds. To further minimize digital eye strain, try blue light glasses that filter out the high energy wavelength emitted by the screens in electronic devices. Your eyes will thank you.
Whether you’re playing sports, doing projects around the home, or working in an environment like a factory or warehouse, proper eye protection is essential. Dust, dirt, and objects that become airborne can enter your eye and cause irritation, damage, and even blindness.
If contacts are part of your routine, be meticulous about your cleanliness. Because they sit directly on your eye, any dust, dirt, or bacteria on them will go on your eye as well. Follow all the instructions, wash your hands well, and replace them when needed, whether they’re single day, monthly, or longer use.