As we age, our vision can change and we may be at higher risk for some eye conditions. There are some things that we can do proactively to maintain healthy vision.
We all know that eating right is essential for overall health. Be sure to include eating green leafy vegetables in your diet, as they are a source packed with nutrition. These are kale, spinach, collard green, asparagus, and green beans. Also, fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is necessary for our body and healthy vision. So, consider adding tuna, filet of sole, salmon, or halibut to your weekly menu. In addition, eating nutritionally balanced foods can lower your risk for high blood pressure and diabetes.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking can harm your eyes by increasing the risk of macular degeneration that damages the optic nerve and ultimately your visual acuity. To maintain your healthy vision, are you ready to stop smoking? If you are -800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or go to Smokefree.gov for free information, tips, and material. There are also over the counter smoking cessation products like gum, patches, and water to help.
Healthy vision requires that you use eye protection. It is the small things done every day that accumulates. Ultraviolet light, both UVA and UVB radiation, can damage the sensitive cells and tissue of the eyes. Use sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of this light, even on overcast days.
When you are working outside or playing sports wearing safety glasses is part of preserving your healthy vision. These special glasses protect your eyes from flying debris, and unintentional hits and injury. Check with your eye care specialist for recommendations.
Healthy vision requires visiting your eye doctor at least once a year. Eye diseases can be overlooked because you may not feel any symptoms. Yet the damage is ongoing and occurring within your eyes. At your appointment, a comprehensive exam can be completed to detect any eye conditions in the early onset phases.
Visual health comes with watchfulness and awareness. Call Accent Eyes today and make an appointment.