I think we can all agree with Dr. Alex Wilson when he says our eyes are very important. That is why this post will be about six tips for a healthy vision. Read these tips to maintain healthy eyes.
1. Eat for good vision protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate, just as eating healthy benefits us in other ways our eyes require good nutrition as well. The nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E might ward off age related vision problems such as cataracts and Macular Degeneration as studies have revealed. Green, leaf vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards, salmon, tuna and other oily fish, eggs, nuts beans and other non meat protein sources, oranges and other citrus fruits should be consumed regularly. Eating a well balanced diet will make you much less likely to develop obesity related diseases like type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
2. Quit Smoking Smoking makes you prone to develop cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit unsuccessfully, keep trying, the more times you try the more likely you will be successful.
3. Wear Sunglasses wearing the right kind of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure increases your chances of getting cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair that block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays with lenses that wrap around to protect your eyes from the sides as well. Polarized lenses should be worn when driving to cut the glare.
4. Use Safety Eyewear if you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time. Participation in some sports such as ice hockey, racquetball or lacrosse can lead to injury as well, so a helmet with a protective mask attached or eyewear with polycarbonate lenses should be worn every time.
5. Look Away From The Computer Screen staring at a computer screen for too long could cause eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches, dry eyes or neck, back and shoulder pain.
Some suggestions to prevent these problems
-Make sure your glass or contact prescription is up to date for computer use
– Position your computer so your eyes are level with the top of the screen, allowing you to look down at the screen
– Try to avoid glare from windows or lights, use an anti glare screen if necessary
-Some people may need glasses to help with contrast, glare and even eye strain when using a computer
-Choose a comfortable, supportive chair that allows your feet to be flat on the floor
-If your eyes are dry, blink more often
-Every 20 minutes or so rest your eyes by looking away for 20 seconds
-At least every 2 hours take a 15 minute break
6. Visit Your Optometrist Regularly to detect any problems even if you are not experiencing any symptoms to keep your eyes healthy. A Calgary optometrist has the experience and knowledge to help you along.