When we think about our health, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the health of our eyes. When 80% of what we learn is by sight, we can’t afford to ignore our eyes! We have listed some simple steps you can take to make sure you’re keeping your eyes in top shape.
Eat Right To Protect Your Sight
We’ve all heard the rumours that carrots are good for your eyes, but the truth is that a balanced diet does play an important factor in taking care of your eyes. A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, are packed with the vitamins and minerals your eyes need. Some great foods you might want to slide into salad are spinach, kale and collard greens.
There are also health benefits for your eyes from eating fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Regulate The Use of Computer Screens
Whether you spend your day working at a computer or just using your smartphone, make sure that you give your eyes a rest every so often. Looking constantly at a screen without break can cause tiredness, headaches and even dry eyes (sometimes we forget to blink!).
Try following the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
Tackle Your Smoking Habit
There are strong links between smoking and eye disease – smoking significantly increases the risk of developing eye diseases, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It’s not too late to stop, and give your eyes the best chance of success.
Wear Those Prescribed Glasses
Wearing the right glasses or lenses don’t actually make your eyes worse, contrary to the myth. They help your eyes work efficiently and with less strain. Make sure that you have regular eye health tests and sight tests – which can help detect underlying health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Wear Those Sunnies
As well as making you look and feel fabulous, sunglasses are great at protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun. No matter the brand you wear, designer or otherwise, make sure that you choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays, and enjoy those sunny days with peace of mind.
Protect Your Eyes From Becoming Dry
Some people suffer from having dry eyes, which happens when your body is not producing enough tears. Some common factors that contribute to dry eyes are central heating, air-conditioning and computer use. At Cathedral Eye Clinic we have developed treatments and supplements for dry eye sufferers, visit http://www.eyepeace.org.uk for more info.
Keep An ‘Eye’ On Family History
Thousands of human diseases are now known to be caused by single gene disorders. Keeping an eye on your family history, whether it’s being short or long sighted, or if it’s more serious like glaucoma, can help detect a condition before it becomes serious.
If you have any eye concerns make sure to contact us, and a member of our expert team will assess the problem for you.