When you think about getting healthier, do you ever make goals for your eye health? Even though diet and exercise are incredibly important for having a healthy body, you also want to make sure you keep individual organs healthy, such as your eyes.
Over 253 million people in the world have vision impairment, with at least 36 million living with blindness, according to statistics from the World Health Organization. Chronic eye problems that lead to blindness are primarily caused by not taking care of your eyes. Use these tips and recommendations for taking care of your eye health and for keeping your vision healthy throughout life!
How often do we think about how we are fueling our bodies? Most of us have some room for improvement in this category of total body wellness. When it comes to supporting eye health, and keeping age-related vision problems (macular degeneration, cataracts) away, you need to make sure your diet is rich in omega-3-fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins E and C, reports research at WebMd. What foods supply these nutrients? How about:
Your eyes will benefit from adding these nutrients to your body, but eating healthy can also support other body systems helping your total body wellness stay where you want it to be.
Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults. Type 2 diabetes can be avoided! Avoiding it means you have to focus on eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. By taking steps to keep your body mass index within the recommended ranges, you can help protect yourself from developing type 2 diabetes and safeguard your sight at the same time.
Research has shown that there is a link between tobacco/smoking and your risk for developing cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. This is because this substance abuse damages your optic nerve.
Smokers are three to four times more at risk for age-related macular degeneration than nonsmokers, reports a New York Department of Health study.
The danger of UV light on the skin is a known risk and prompts millions to use sunscreen everyday, but, sadly, the eyes are often neglected. Eyes need protection from the power of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Too much UV has also been linked to macular degeneration and cataracts. Combat this risk by visiting your local optician and being fitted for sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. No, not all sunglasses will offer you this protection; consult a professional to make sure your eyes have the protection you need and that they aren’t just cosmetic apparel.
While the amount of blue light exposure your computer is dishing to you through its screen’s interface, is smaller than the exposure of the sun, research is showing how the long-term effect of blue light exposure can lead to macular degeneration and other problems. The close distance of the screen to your eye, coupled with the amount of time spent in front of the blue light exposure are at the heart of the problem. In a study funded by the National Eye Institute, it was reported that children’s eyes absorb more blue light than adults from digital-device screens. Keep those eyes protected!
Prevent eye diseases by making adjustments to your lifestyle/diet at home and by visiting our office. Identify your risks for eye diseases by assessing your family history for them. A propensity for macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts can all be passed down in the genes. Even refractive eye errors can run in families. Always look for subtle changes in your vision and see the doctor at the first sign of vision change.
The American Optometric Association strongly recommends a comprehensive exam at least every 2 years if you have healthy eyes. If you have eye conditions or diseases, you should see your eye doctor at least once a year, if not more.
A comprehensive eye exam is an opportunity for a medical professional to ensure your eyes are healthy and on track for lifetime service to you.
Need some more advice on your role for maintaining healthy eyes? Our Glendale optometrists will start with a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the current health of your eyes and advise you on wellness goals. Our team can also provide recommendations for vision correction if needed. Call us at: (303) 223-0401 today to make an appointment. Our friendly staff is excited to meet you and help you with your vision needs!