Our eyes are the windows to the world. They are a reflection of our age and state of health. Our vision is very important, but the reality is that thousands of people each year are being diagnosed with macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.
Here are some tips to follow to help prevent excess wear and tear on your eyes:
- Eating anti-inflammatory foods and having a diet high in antioxidants such as leafy green vegetables will help preserve eye function. Lay off the red meat and introduce healthy fats like Omega 3 fatty acids to help prevent dry eyes.
- Exercising is important for increasing blood flow to the eye.
- Reducing your eyes contact with the sun will prevent pterygium, which are small yellow bumps that grow on your eye and can interfere with your eye vision. Make sure that your sunglasses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
- Smoking reduces the size of blood vessels, therefore your eyes may form a plaque depriving them of oxygen, increasing the chance of eye diseases.
- Having a soft natural light and making sure your rooms are well lit when reading or on the computer reduces strain on your eyes.
If you use a computer regularly, ask your doctor to test for any eye strain. You may need to slightly change your lens/eyeglass prescription to help protect from further damage.
Getting your annual eye check-up is important especially if glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts run in your family.
Jennifer Altamaniuk, RHN, is a holistic nutritionist and certified trainer, and has worked as a nutritionist at a gym. She has experience helping people with weight loss and meal planning. To set up a consultation, please contact Jennifer at the Mississauga store.