What habits should I build to keep my eyes healthy?
There are many ways in which you can build a healthy habit of looking after your eyes. This blog has been put together to share with you 8 habits that can help you get into a better routine of caring for your eyes and maintaining them.
A key to maintaining good eye health is to take enough nutrients that specifically benefit you and your eyes. Supplements are an easy way to keep up with your nutrients as well as having a varied diet. Nutrients such as Vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids all play a role in eye health. They can prevent eye conditions such as cataracts, which is a clouding of your eye lens. They may also fight the most likely cause of vision loss: age-related macular degeneration.
Eat Healthy Foods
As with general health, it is super important to eat healthy, especially plenty of dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens (simply put, members of the cabbage family). These leafy greens are packed with powerful antioxidants which are crucial for lowering the risk of developing macular degeneration and keeping your eyes happy. Eating fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids – like salmon, tuna, and halibut – is good for your eyes too. There is evidence that suggests eating healthy may have overall ocular benefits.
It comes as no surprise that being physically active helps you stay healthy overall and help your eyes. Exercising daily or even weekly can lower the risk of health conditions that can cause eye health or vision problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. A good way to get active might be to go on a small walk or go to the swimming pool. Trying to get more active will help you feel healthier and happier.
Smoking is very harmful to your health, and it isn’t just bad for your lungs, but it can also harm your eyes too! Smoking increases your risk of diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts – and it can harm the optic nerve. We do recommend a few of our products for you to try that could help you prevent macular degeneration, this is our MacuShield range. Have a look through our site to find out a bit more.
It is so important to protect your eyes during warm sunny days, be sure to look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation. UV light ages all structures of the eye. Possible chronic effects from UV exposure can include corneal damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration which can all ultimately lead to decreased vision.
Wear Protective Eyewear
Safety glasses and goggles are specifically designed to protect your eyes during certain activities, like playing sports, doing construction work, or doing DIY projects. Wearing the correct safety equipment makes sure you keep your eyes clear of debris or any dangerous objects that could potentially come in contact with your eyes.
Give Your Eyes A Rest
Whether you are watching TV or catching up with your emails, taking a break from the screen can be beneficial for your eyes and give them a break. Rest your eyes by taking a break periodically every half an hour if possible. It’s always a good idea to wind down and read a book or go out in the garden. Try and enjoy some time away from the screens where possible as staring at a screen all day can contribute to eyestrain and make your eyes tired. If you’re suffering from tired eyes and eyestrain, look at the products that we have to offer.
If you wear contacts take steps to prevent eye infections
Make sure to keep up with your basic hygiene and routine of washing your hands, especially before you put your contact lenses in or take them out. Be sure to disinfect your contact lenses and replace them regularly. Always speak to your opticians if you would like recommendations for caring for your contact lenses and when to order replacements as they will always guide you and give you a care plan.
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