Your nutrition plays a major role in how your body functions, and even how long it lasts. That is no less true with your eyes. A healthy lifestyle can help determine how well you see through the years. How you eat can even determine if you are at risk for eye health problems or not. Make sure you are incorporating these nutrients and healthy habits to have better eye health!
Many eye conditions that lead to blurry vision or eye problems happen in either the retina, macula or optic nerve of the eye. Poor diets contribute to diminishing eye health, as well as technology with harmful UV and blue light rays. Even failing to wear proper eye protection can cause diminishing vision. So just how common are eye problems? Your risk for developing eye diseases increases or decreases depending on your daily habits, your genes and your diet. Here are some of the most common eye conditions Americans face:
Poor nutrition will lead to health problems all over the body. Every person should strive to have 6 essential nutrients every single day. Those include protein (very important), fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. When you don’t get enough of all these areas, your cells don’t get the fuel they need to stay healthy or to rebuild themselves. When there is no fuel for rebuilding, muscles and damaged tissues can’t heal, but simply continue to break down over time.
The tricky thing about your eye health, however, is that some eye conditions can’t be reversed. With proper eye exams, most diseases can be detected in their early stages. At that time, nutrition and lifestyle habits must change in order to halt or slow down the progression. Genetics play a large role in eye diseases and disorders. Problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration can all worsen due to poor nutrition. You want to eat well to avoid worsening vision or strive to prevent eye diseases in the first place.
Good nutrition for your eye health doesn’t simply mean you add a vegetable or two into your day (although that helps). Making the decision to change how you eat can reduce your risk for eye problems as well as problems with all of your body systems. Even though changing your diet won’t eliminate your risk for poor eye health, it can definitely help reduce that risk. Studies show that your weight will affect your body as a whole.
Being overweight will place added stress on joints, it raises the risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancers and many more issues. It can cause eye problems because many conditions (such as the ones we named) affect blood vessels and cells in your body, damaging them. Your eyes are made up of many delicate blood vessels that make your vision possible. When chronic conditions—especially poorly managed ones—are present, blood vessels in your eyes become damaged, damaging cells responsible for vision that you may not be able to repair.
Start now with your goal of having better eye health. Cut out sugars and sodas from your diet, as both of these lead to excess weight gain and a nutrient-poor diet. Avoid alcohol and tobacco use, which can damage and kill cells and nerves. Foods that can help eye health include:
To know how your eye health is doing, schedule a comprehensive exam by calling Peeper’s Optical at (303) 333-2800!