Healthy eating habits go a long way in maintaining a healthy body and this even extends itself to your eyesight. Eyes are one of the most powerful yet delicate of human organs and need both external and internal care to perform at their best!
It is true that factors like age and eye strain cause slow damage. However it is also true that incorporating certain foods can have a positive effect on overall eye health.
Key Vitamins and Minerals
Certain nutrients are extremely important for maintaining good eyesight. Vitamins A, C and E are necessary to control eye degeneration. Food sources for these important nutrients include a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits such as carrots, red bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, strawberries and various citrus fruits. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and flaxseeds, are also recommended for better eye health.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in the retina. You can also find them in leafy green vegetables, broccoli, zucchini, and eggs. Foods rich in zinc like beef is also important to slow down age related eye diseases. Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, which helps prevent night blindness. Deep yellow and orange foods such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes etc should definitely be included in your diet to get enough beta carotene.
Adequate hydration is also really important, for dry eyes can cause a lot of issues.
External practices to protect your eyes
Exercise and being fit is really important for your eyes. Avoiding diabetes should be a top priority as increasing blood sugar levels can cause a strain on the tiny blood vessels around the eyes and also affects the retina.
Wear protective eyewear
Tough, protective eyewear is essential if there is a risk of chemicals, sharp objects, or materials such as wood shavings, metal shards, or even a stray elbow during a basketball game, entering your eye.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule
If you spend extreme amounts of time staring at a screen or anything that can cause eye strain, then you should definitely follow the 20-20-20 rule. This means that after 20 minutes of continuous staring at the screen, take 20 seconds to stare 20 feet away. This will help your eyes rest a bit.
Smoking is injurious to health.
Smoking dramatically raises your risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Keep your hands and lenses clean.
Eyes are especially prone to infections and therefore we should be extremely careful to keep them safe.
Keep your family history into consideration.
Some hereditary diseases can be avoided if proper care is taken from the beginning.
Afterall, as they say; “eyes are the windows of the soul”.
Eyesight is a blessing and should be treated as being most precious.
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