The eyes are the body’s most highly developed sensory organs. A large part of the brain is dedicated to vision. It is larger than that of hearing, taste, touch and smell combined. We tend to take eyesight for granted; yet when vision problems develop, most of us will do everything in our power to restore our eyesight back to normal. Below are 6 ways to improve your eye health.
Use sun protection
Choose sunglasses that protect your eyes from 99–100% of UVA and UVB rays. Sun damage can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium (tissue growth over the whites of your eyes).
Limit screen time and blue light
Extended television, phone, or computer time can cause eye strain. At night, turn screens off or turn on the night-light filter on your phone, as blue light can cause retinal damage.
Engaging in regular physical activity is good for your eyes and waistline. Lack of exercise increases your risk of type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can impair your vision.
Tobacco smoke has been linked to vision loss, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Smoking may increase your risk of dry eye.
A balanced diet for healthy eyes
EPA and DHA omega-3 fats (e.g., fatty fish, flax), vitamin C (e.g, citrus fruits, broccoli), vitamin E (e.g., nut-butters), and zinc (e.g., meat, oysters, and pumpkin seeds) are good for your eyes.
Eat dark leafy green vegetables
Kale, spinach, and collard greens are high in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which support eye health.
Get regular eye exams and know your eye health status
The best way to know how your eyes are doing is to have them regularly examined by an eye care professional. Seeing an optometrist or ophthalmologist is a good preventive health habit to get into.
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