Tips to keep your eyes healthy

Tips to keep your eyes healthy

  • We use our eyes constantly and it is important to keep them in a healthy condition and not take them for granted.
  • Diet plays a big part. Eating foods rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, to name a few, help reduce the risk of age related eye diseases  such as macular degeneration. Zinc and Omega-3s also play a big role in eye health.
  • A six-year trial, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), found that a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc offered some protection against the development of advanced age-related macular degeneration, but not cataract, shares the Harvard School Of Public Health.
  • Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids are also important to eye health . This is why fish like wild salmon are so great for the eyes. “DHA is a fatty acid found in coldwater fish like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, and cod. DHA provides structural support to cell membranes to boost eye health, states Dr. Oz.
  • After keeping your diet in check, there are other ways to promote your eye health.
  • Here are 4 simple tips to help maintain eye health:
  • 1.    Avoid looking directly at the sun, artificial lights or shining objects. Direct rays of bright light can damage the retina.  Looking at the sun will cause headache and distort your vision temporarily, it can also can cause permanent eye damage.
  • UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration and solar retinitis
  • 2.    Clean your eyes with pure or filtered water regularly. This is one of the best ways to keep eyes healthy and disease free.
  • 3.    Maintain a good distance from the computer screen. Sit approximately 22-28 inches away from it. Sitting to close or too far may increase strain on eyes or lead to a headache.
  • 4.    Roll your eyes up and down, then side to side. Now move your eyes in a circular motion. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times a day to relax your eyes.
  • 5. Eat food rich in vitamin A such as carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, cantaloupe,  and sweet red peppers. Don’t neglect leafy greens such as kale and spinach as they are a good source of vitamin A and potent antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which protect against eye damage.
  • Note: The content on our website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your health practitioner or a qualified expert.
  • For an eye health smoothie.
  • For the relationship of omega-3s and eye health.
  • For the health benefits of carrots.
  • REFERENCES:
  • 1. Ni, Mao S., LA.c., D.O.M., Ph.D. “3 Ways to Improve Vision Naturally.” The Dr. Oz Show. The Dr. Oz Show, 08 May 2012. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.

 

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