Eyesight is the sense which helps us to see and thus eases our daily activities. Even though our eyes are very important, most of us do not take measure to ensure optimal eye health. We only realize too late when our eyes health has deteriorated. Since prevention is better than cure, here is a guide to keeping your eyes health optimal.
Certain nutrients are vital in helping the eyes stay healthy and perform their best. Leafy green vegetables have nutrients which lower the risk of you getting cataracts. Fatty fish such as sardines and salmon are rich in omega-3 which promotes the functioning of the eye. Eat fruits such as grapefruits, lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, and it fights free radicals thus helping the eyes to function optimally.
A good pair of shades protects your eyes from being damaged by the sun’s UV rays. Select a good pair which can block up to 100% UVA as well as UVB rays. For driving buy lenses which are polarized. In case you use contact lenses, ensure that they have UV-rays protection and always add sunglasses whenever you can.
Regularly Visit a Doctor
Whether young or old, everyone needs regular eye check-up. This ensures that your eyes stay in optimal health. It also helps in detecting eye problems early thus giving your effective treatment. If you have a family doctor, then it’s even easy to identify eye problems which run in the family and take preventive measures early enough.
There are two types of doctors who deal with eye problems. An optometrist is a doctor who has at least four years in special training after college. They provide general eye care, but they do not perform eye surgery. The other is an ophthalmologist is like an optometrist, but they perform eye surgery.
There are supplements which contribute to maintaining optimal eye health. Vitamin A is naturally found in oranges, carrots, tomatoes as well as sweet potatoes. Even so, the amount we eat is at times not enough. Vitamin A supplements reduce the chances of macular degeneration. Other important supplements are Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Zinc and Omega-3.
Maintain Healthy Weight
Being overweight increases chances of you developing heart problems, diabetes and other conditions which might cause loss of eyesight. Exercise for at least 150 minutes every week. It could be simple exercises such as jogging, walking, sit-ups and rope skipping. If you have been overweight for long, you might need to see a fitness instructor or a doctor to guide you on your weight loss journey.
Smoking increases your chances of getting macular degeneration, damage to the optic nerve, and cataracts. If you have tried quitting to no avail, ask a professional for help.
If you spend a lot of time using electronic devices, use protective wear and regularly take a break to prevent your eyes from straining.
With this guide, you will achieve optimal health for your eyes. Incorporate these small habits into your day to day life.