We all use and abuse our eyes on a daily basis. We constantly stare at our computer screens for hours at the time, we forget to blink and give our eyes proper breaks so they can rest, we choose to work in spaces lit up by artificial lighting and completely disregard most of the advice given to us by eye doctors and as the result many adults are experiencing growing number of eye problems related to our unhealthy lifestyle that causes them.
Everyone wants to have perfect eyesight without doing a lot of work or making adjustments to their unhealthy habits. One of the leading causes of blindness in people over age 60 is AMD, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and even though this condition doesn’t appear until later in life, most of the damage can be traced to previous decades of unhealthy choices that played a role in contibuting to its development.
It’s true that some people seem to develop this and other eye conditions no matter what they do, but in many cases simple changes to our lifestyle can play a big role in helping us protect ourselves against many health problems that result from hard living and not taking care of ourselves.
So treat your eyes with care and protect your vision by making these very small and easy to implement changes in order to protect your vision and keep your eyes healthy for a long time to come.
Always wear sunglasses when outdoors
Sun can be very damaging, not just to your skin but to your eyes as well. Sun radiation, especially prolonged exposure can cause all kinds of eye problems including cataracts, cornea burns, and even cancer of eyelids. So make sure to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, by chooseing sunglasses that have both UVA and UVB protection. (The American Optometric Association recommends that people use sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation). So check the label to make sure your sunglasses give you enough protection from these harmful UVA rays.
Keep your eyes from drying out
We spend our days staring at computer screens and mobile devices and as the result our eyes become tired and overstrained. Also our eyes get constantly fatigued and dry because we never take breaks and tend to blink a lot less while working, making them even more dry and irritated (it’s been shown that on average, we tend to blink about half as often when we’re looking at screens).
Some of the things you can do to lessen dryness and computer fatique is to use lubricating eye drops. These drops can be very helpful in reducing dryness and redness especially after hours of working in front of the computer. Use drops such as Natural Eye Care MSM eye drops that are more natural and better at relieving dryness than other types and you should use them whenever you start feeling your eyes become irritated or dry which usually happens after few hours of nonstop computer work.
Give your eyes a break and perform eye exercises
In addition to keeping your eyes from drying out during the prolong use, it’s important to take occasional breaks and perform simple eye exercises to give them the rest they need. Many eye doctors recommend you try 20-20-20 rule exercise: Every 20 minutes, look away in the distance, at least 20 feet away from you, for at least 20 seconds in order to reduce eyestrain and give your eyes a quick relief.
Eat right foods for eye health
As part of an eye-healthy diet, choose foods that are rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin. In a study done few years ago and published by National Institutes of Health it was shown that higher dietary intake of lutein/zeaxanthin was independently associated with decreased likelihood of having age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) (study link). There also have been numerous studies showing the important role fruits and vegetables play in not just keeping your eyesight healthy but also in your overall health. So make sure to add following foods to your diet to keep your eyes healthy: carrots (beta-carotene), leafy greens (lutein and zeaxanthin), eggs ( lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc), berries (vitamin C), almonds ( vitamin E), tuna (Omega 3), Oranges & citruses (vitamin C).
Of course, there are many other things that can be damaging to your eyesight and your health in general, factors such as smoking, lack of physical activity, being overweight and diabetes can all put a strain on your health and your vision. So it’s essential that in addition to following these few simple tips for healthier eyes, you also make necessary improvments to overall health so your body and your eyes will serve you well for many years to come.