We all value and understand the importance of our eye health, and the best way to protect your eyes is to get regular eye exams. But what about at home? How can you protect your eyes to maintain good eyesight well into old age? Here are our top tips for good eye health.
Eye Protective Vitamins And Minerals
Many brightly coloured berries contain high levels of antioxidants and blood vessel strengtheners that can help prevent macular degeneration. It’s a serious condition where the macula, the part of the eye that allows clear vision, deteriorates. Some vegetables are also rich in antioxidants and are beneficial for vision protection. Try incorporating more of the following in your diet:
- Sweet potato
- Red peppers
- Blueberries and blackberries
Foods rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, like oily fish, have also been shown to decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration, even in populations with higher genetic risk.
Carotenoids are fat-soluble plant pigments usually found in orange, yellow, and red plants. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids naturally found in the retina to protect it against macular degeneration and cataracts. Some carotenoids-containing foods include:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Bell peppers
A Healthy Weight
Keeping your weight in check decreases the risk of high blood pressure, arterial disease and diabetes, which are all enemies of the eye. Type 2 diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy, where delicate arteries in the eye become damaged due to high sugar levels. The irreversible damage eventually causes blood and fluid leakage in the eye and affects vision. Similarly, uncontrolled high blood pressure and arterial disease also negatively affect the arteries in the eye and cause vision loss.
The 20-20-20 Rule
We’re all either staring at our phones, laptops, or other digital devices these days. Dry eyes, headaches and blurry vision are all signs of digital eye strain caused by prolonged screen time hours. To protect your eyes, we suggest you follow the 20-20-20 rule. This means that every 20 minutes, look up from the screen and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
We know that smoking is bad for your lungs, but did you know that it affects your eyes too? Smoking increases your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration drastically. It also increases the risk of arterial disease, which in turn, can cause long-term damage to your eyesight.
Take better care of your eyes today with Blink Vision Care in Brampton. Whether you need eyeglasses, contact lenses or an eye exam, our licensed opticians are here to help you with all your vision care needs. Call us today!