The eyes are among the most sensitive organs of the body so avoiding – or at least, significantly minimizing the risks for injuries and illnesses to these two orbs cannot be overemphasized.
It is not just clear vision at stake but overall quality of life on the line! Here are the most important ways to reduce the risks for eye problems.
Lower Your Risks for Diseases
Although certain eye health issues cannot be avoided, which is true regarding genetic disorders like retinitis pigmentosa, many other diseases and disorders with vision loss as one of their complications can be avoided.
Learn the best ways to minimize your risks or to manage your symptoms so as to avoid partial to complete vision loss, among other complications. For example, in diabetic individuals, regular check-ups with the doctor, proper administration of medications (i.e., insulin shots), following a healthy diet and exercising are a must to maintain clear vision.
Diabetes can lead to eye problems when the optic nerves are damaged due to the accumulation of “sugar crystals”.
Wear Protective Gear
Many eye health diseases can also be avoided with the use of the appropriate protective eyewear. For example, the risks for macular degeneration can be lessened by wearing protective polarized sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection even on cloudy days.
The accumulated impact of the sun’s rays on the eyes can eventually lead to its degeneration and saying goodbye to good eyesight becomes a possibility in the near future.
Wearing protective eyewear is not only for protection against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Doing so also means lessening the risks to the eyes brought by exposure to hazardous chemicals, power tools, and environmental debris.
For example, employees in construction sites and manufacturing factories should wear protective goggles to protect their eyes against environmental substances that can compromise clear vision. Yes, individuals who like to spend any amount of time outdoors for business or for pleasure should also use protective sunglasses.
Eat the Right Food
As with the rest of the body, the health of the eyes starts with the right food intake. Experts suggest the following nutrients for eye health:
- Vitamins A, C and E as well as minerals like zinc and copper are essential to the maintenance of good eyesight. Eat more fruits and vegetables like oranges, pineapples and leafy green veggies as well as low-fat dairy products like eggs, yogurt and milk.
- Antioxidants particularly lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin are also essential for clear vision because these protect the eyes’ maculae from sun damage. Eat pumpkins, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
- Sulfur, lecithin and cysteine protect the eyes’ lens from cataract formation. Eat onions, garlic and shallots.
- Anthocyanins are antioxidants, too. Eat grapes and blueberries.
- DHA is an essential fatty acid that can boost eye health. Eat wild salmon, sardines and mackerel.
Balance Rest and Exercise
Even the eyes need rest and exercise! Rest your eyes for 15 minutes for every 2-hour period of working or 10 minutes for every hour; just close your eyes or turn away from the computer. Sleeping for 6-8 hours a day is also recommended. Exercise your eyes, too.
Using clean hands, warm your eyes with your palms – rub together first – and then roll your eyes as soon as you wake up in the morning.
With these risk avoidance measures, clear vision is yours to enjoy!