Posted January 18, 2018
Want to enjoy a lifetime of healthy vision? Take steps now by making informed lifestyle choices. Here are three simple tips for healthy eyes:
- Rest – Sleep deprivation can significantly impact your vision. Get at least seven hours of sleep each night so your eyes can recover and rest up for the next day. When reading, gaming or working on the computer, give your eyes a break every 20 minutes. Look at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. If your eyes feel tired, place a cool cloth over your eyelids and lean back in a chair for a few minutes or lie down for a mini nap.
- Nutrition – Plan meals that include foods high in vitamins and minerals to protect your eyes from disease:
- Fruits – Citrus and berries are rich in vitamin C which helps lower the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Almonds and chia seeds – A handful of almonds provides nearly half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E and helps slow the development of macular degeneration. Chia seeds are small but powerful, containing considerable amounts of omega 3, calcium and antioxidants. Mix them into a smoothie, yogurt, cereal or salad.
- Vegetables – Dark leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, bells peppers and sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. Veggies protect your vision by lowering the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Fatty fish and eggs – Tuna, salmon, and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid that can prevent dry-eye syndrome. Egg yolks contain zinc and antioxidants that can slow the development of macular degeneration.
- Fitness – Maintain a healthy weight to lessen the risk of developing diabetes, and other medical problems, that can affect your vision. At least five times a week power walk or jog for 30 minutes. Or, exercise more intensely three times a week with activities such as swimming laps or a fitness class. However, if you haven’t exercised in a while, be careful and start out slow.
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