One easy step for improving your overall health in 2016 is to stay on top of your eye health. That’s right, many people are not informed on what’s important for healthy eyes. Yet, we shouldn’t take our eye health for granted. All it takes is to practice these simple steps in order to help maintain healthy eyes for years to come.
Where do we start?
What’s the most important step in taking care of your eyes? First, be sure to get your annual eye exam. You can call your optometrist any time of the year and book your eye exam in order to ensure that your eyes are fully healthy. Often, our vision is not as perfect as we think. We sometimes don’t know there’s something wrong until it is corrected. Whether it’s glasses or contacts, many people don’t know that they were in need of corrective lenses before getting their eye exam. Many diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration have no symptoms at all. This is one major reason why it’s extremely important to consult with a physician and schedule your eye exam.
Family comes first
Learn the background of your family’s eye history, so that your doctor is aware of what to be mindful of and let you know if you will require more frequent check ups than the standard annuals. As with most health conditions, you are at a higher risk for developing an eye condition or disease if it is in your family history. With this information, your doctor will know what to be mindful of and also inform you of how often you will need to schedule an exam. The sooner you are checked out, the sooner you can help prevent some major health issues.
Don’t forget your vitamin A
Most of us have heard about how good carrots are for your eyes; ever wonder why? Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which helps protect the surface of the eye, also known as the Cornea. Furthermore, when Vitamin A is combined with other antioxidants, it has shown to decrease the risk of macular degeneration. Some research suggests that Vitamin A eye drops are just as effective as prescription eye drops for people who suffer from dry eyes. Be sure to consult with your doctor before choosing this method of treatment.
Eat for your eyes
Eating right is essential for the eyes. Plenty of fruits and vegetables are extremely beneficial for your eyes. Greens such as kale and spinach are rich in two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both located in the macula. The macula is the part of the retina that blocks out damaging light from the sun. These two antioxidants also absorb blue light, which can be harmful if it reaches the retina. Even certain kinds of fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as tuna and salmon are beneficial for your eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids help lower the risk of macular degeneration as well as dry eye syndrome. These fatty acids may actually expand regular drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye; this helps lower the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma. This step is an easy one, and also will help improve many other parts of your overall health
Shield your eyes from the sun
Glasses and sunglasses hold a very high importance in taking care of your eyes, as Ultraviolet rays can be very harmful; therefore, be sure to purchase glasses that block out 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun. Furthermore, we carry polarized lenses, which your eyes will substantially benefit from due to the lenses eliminating glare from polarized light.
Be mindful of your weight
Eating right is always good for your overall health, but many do no know that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes and other complications, which can result in eye diseases such as glaucoma or diabetic eye disease. According to the National Eye Institute, diabetic eye disease is defined as a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. Glaucoma is included in this group of diseases.
Additionally, avoid smoking at all costs. In addition to several other health factors, smoking has been connected to increasing your risk to several optical complications such as cataract, optic nerve damage and age-related macular degeneration, all of which can lead to blindness.
Let your eyes relax
Most importantly, give your eyes a rest. Be sure to not strain your eyes too much by staring at a computer, phone or television screen for too long. A good way to avoid straining your eyes is to practice looking away from the screen and look around in different directions every few minutes. Look away about 20-30 feet in front of you every 15 minutes or so to help keep your eyes active.
There is always an extra step you can take in order to maintain good eye health. We here at 39DollarGlasses.com are owned and operated by two eye doctors who are constantly looking for new ways to provide our customers with the most advanced and safest technology. Be sure to check our contact lenses, clear lenses with polycarbonate lenses and even polarized and transition lenses for the sun. You can find all of our great offers and selection at www.39DollarGlasses.com!