The first thing you do in the morning, right after you wake up, is see the world around you (or literally look at your phone screen checking for text or email). Eyes are indeed the window to the world and a blessing that often be taken for granted. Some even believed that eyesight is something that does not need much attention but this is of course entirely wrong. Taking supplements such as multivitamin alone is certainly not enough to improve the health of the eyes. Hence, what else can be done?
Certainly, there are steps you can take to further enhance your eyesight or to preserve your current eyesight so you would not be needing countless treatments for possible eye disorders. Here are steps you can take:
1- Food for eyes
A saying goes “you are what you eat”, is indeed a wise word to live by. Food that is high in antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, E and carotenoid is vital for eye health. These nutrients help to improve the eye structures such as the retina that is in no doubt the epicentre for the eyesight and to prevent macular degeneration that is common in ageing people. Food that should be incorporated in your daily diet are carrots, spinach, broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, zucchini, strawberries, oranges, lemon and cod liver oil.
2- Body exercise
A good exercise does not only benefit your body, but also for vision. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day can help improve blood circulation. This in turn reduces the risk for diabetes and high blood pressure that is the common source for eye problems.
3- Smoking is a no-no
Smoking has been known to be unhealthy for so many reasons due to the ingredients contained. Free radicals caused by smoking can easily damage the cells in the body including the eyes or reduce the antioxidant you have been taking from food or supplements.
4- Be in a surrounding that is eye-friendly
There are many things that could easily harm the eyes, especially in the long run. This includes the long screentime from using phones or laptops. Remember to make sure you are sitting on a supportive chair or in an upright position to feel comfortable when looking at the device’s screen. If you are using glasses or contact lenses, make sure it is a suitable one to wear.
5- Let your eyes rest at times
Looking at a screen for a long time can easily cause eye strain. Prolonged eye strain does not only cause eye discomfort but also damages the eyes. To reduce the strain, do practise the 20-20-20 rule which consists of resting the eyes for every 20 minutes by looking at an object that is 20 feet away (6 metres) in front of you, for 20 seconds.
6- Wear protective eyewear
Sunray is harmful for the eyes due to the presence of the ultraviolet rays (UV rays). Protect the eyes from such insults by wearing sunglasses especially when you are outdoors on sunny days. If your job involves operating machines or high risk for irritant or pollutant materials floating in the air, remember to always wear glasses or goggles.
7- Know yourself more
Try to know more about yourself including the history of your family that may have been affected by eye problems. Since some eye diseases can be caused by problems that run in the family, you can learn more about it and prevent yourself from risky behaviour that could lead to such events.
8- Regular eye exams
Regular health check-ups can help to identify eye problems before progressing into something worse. Besides, “prevention is better than cure”, right?
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