Tips for Healthy Eyesight

Tips for Healthy Eyesight

1: Healthy Diet Leads To Healthy Eyesight

You are what you eat and your eyesight is a reflection of your overall health. You need nutrients like vitamin C and E, luteins from green leafy vegatables, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids strengthen your eyes against age-related eye issues such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Some great foods for eye health include:

Protein sources without meat: Eggs, nuts and beans

Vegetables: Leafy green veggies like kale, spinach, and collards

Fish: Fatty fish like sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel

Fruits: Citrus like lemons, oranges and grapefruits

2: Smoking

Cataracts, macular degeneration and uveitis have all been linked to smoking cigarettes. Research suggest that the likelihood of smokers getting affected from these debilitating eye conditions increases 2x to 3x.

3: Sun Protection (Sunglasses)

Shades can help you stay away from cataracts, macular degeneration and pinguecula by blocking out sun’s harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays. A good pair of UV protection sunglasses blocks 99 – 100% of harmful UV rays. UV protection contact lenses are also available.

4: Avoid Excessive Exposure to Computer Screens

In addition to causing neck, back and shoulder pain, staring too long at a computer/phone screen can affect your eye health. Some of the eye problems you can get from excessive exposure to computer/phone screens include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Long distance focus issues

Some protective measures include:

  • Updating your glasses or contacts prescription for screen exposure
  • Seeking proper medical care in case of prolonged eyestrain and considering computer glasses for computer use
  • Choosing a comfortable supportive chair and positioning it where your feet lie flat on the floor
  • Blinking more if your eyes dry up
  • Taking 15-minutes breaks every 2 hours and getting up from your chair is also recommended