Your eyes are your windows to the world. It’s important to take care of them from an early age through late adulthood. After all, when eyesight starts to fail or issues arise then it can have a profound effect on routines and overall health.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Regular eye examinations are a key preventative measure to detect even the most minor issues. If you happen to notice any sort of problem, it’s important to let the eye doctor know.
People over the age of 60 should have an eye exam every year. Besides annual eye exams, there are a variety of key factors that may have an impact on eye health.
Warm weather is here again and the sun is brighter than ever. Make sure you have a good pair of sunglasses to block out all the UV rays. Pick out a good pair that will cover your eyes and if you still want a little extra protection for your whole head, a sunhat is the perfect accessory. Preferably, pick a hat with a wide brim for the maximum protection.
Eat Your Way Fit
Just as you would eat a nutritious diet for your body’s needs, there are certain foods that may have a positive impact on your eyes. Make sure you opt for foods rich in antioxidants including vitamins A and C. Examples for foods such as these are leafy, green vegetables and fish. Fish such as salmon have essential omega-3 fatty acids responsible for central vision.
It’s important to note that consuming too little antioxidants plus over consuming alcohol and saturated fats could harm the part of the eye called macula. This part of the eye is responsible for your central vision.
Exercise is so good for the overall body and mind and eye health is no exception. Exercise is important because it helps the blood circulate. This step keeps the oxygen levels high in the eyes and helps get rid of toxins. You don’t need to work out hard. Walking and yoga are great ways to keep the blood flowing throughout the body.
Digital Optical Hazards
It gets harder and harder every year to avoid computers. If you are someone who looks at a computer daily, keep these tips in mind. Take a break every 15 minutes or so to stop looking at the screen. Blink those eyes frequently and if your eyes do get sore or irritated use eye drops to wake up irritated and dry eyes. Make sure your computer screen is within 20 to 24 and while you’re taking a break, chat with a coworker or friends. There are also glasses that block the blue light from screens which may be helpful.
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