7 ways that you can improve your eye health right now

7 ways that you can improve your eye health right now

7 ways you can improve your eye health right now

It may be easy to take your eyes for granted while you’re young, but as your body starts to age, your diet and lifestyle will start to show on the outside. Don’t take your eyes for granted. Here are 7 ways that you can improve your eye health right now.

1. Eat well

Eat well

Good eye health starts with fuelling your body with healthy food and drink. We’ve all heard of the well-known old wives’ tale, “Carrots make you see in the dark”, and this is true to an extent. Carrots won’t make you have super special sight during the night, but they do contain retinol or Vitamin A, which is required to help your body synthesise rhodopsin – this is the pigment in your eyes that works during low-light conditions. If you are deficient in Vitamin A, you will find that your ability to see in the night will become worse and you may end up with a condition called nyctalopia or night blindness. So, eat your carrots!

Other nutrients like vitamins C and E, lutein, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, also help to ward off age-related vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. Some great foods to incorporate into your diet are:

  • Green leafy vegetables like collard greens, kale and spinach
  • Seeds, beans and other non-meat protein sources
  • Citrus fruits and juices, like oranges and lemons

2. Wear sunglasses

Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses don’t just make you look cool, they also protect your eyes from the powerful sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. And, too much UV exposure increases your risk of age-related vision problems and retinal damage. Sunglasses also protect the very sensitive skin on your eyelids, which prevents wrinkles and, more importantly, skin cancer around the eye. Ensure your sunglasses block out 100 percent of the UV-A and UV-B rays.

3. Keep your eyes off the computer screen

Working long hours in front of a screen – and in artificial light – can increase your chances of becoming short-sighted and developing age-related eye disease. This also includes staring at TV, Smartphone and Tablet screens, so keep an eye (no pun intended) on how much your children stare at screens too.

Taking regular short breaks away from the screen and getting the blood pumping in your legs every now and again will increase the longevity of healthy eyes. Plus, going outside and spying nature, especially when you focus on the furthest away object that you can see, has been known to strengthen the health of your eyes. So, make a determined effort daily to take your breaks outside.

4. Get regular eye health checks and wear the proper corrective lenses, if required

Getting regular eye health and eyesight checkups are massively important in ensuring there are no underlying conditions brewing. Having an eye test won’t just tell you whether you need to wear prescriptive glasses or contact lenses, but they will also spot many of the general health problems early, which means they can be treatable if found early enough. Plus, if you know your family’s history of eye-related problems, then your optician will know what to look out for.

If you are a glasses and contact lens wearer (like myself), make sure your glasses’ prescription is up to date and that you have a continuous stock of proper fitting contact lenses. Feel Good Contacts are currently the cheapest online retailer of contact lenses in the market, plus they offer next day delivery on orders made before 7.15pm, so no excuses!

5. Stop smoking

Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for your lungs and can actually double the risk of developing age-related eye diseases. Smoking, surprisingly, is also the UK’s leading cause of sight loss! Speak to your GP about stopping smoking now.

6. Exercise regularly

Exercise regularly

Exercise does wonderful things to the mind, body and soul. So, it’s no surprise that exercising contributes quite significantly to strengthening your eye health. Exercising can also reduce the risk of sight loss – up to 70 percent in fact! Ensure you get your 30 minutes a day of heart-pumping activity, by taking a walk around the park (perfect for fitting in Number 3 above) or enjoying a bit of yoga and meditation. Whatever you decide, make sure it gets the heart racing and the blood circulating oxygen around the body for the exercise to count.

7. Rest your eyes

Rest your eyes

It can be quite easy for your eyes to become fatigued, especially if you forget to blink when you’re staring at the computer screen or if you’re focussing on one thing for a long stretch of time. Try out the 20-20-20 rule, which means that every 20 minutes, you look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This 20-20-20 rule can help to reduce eyestrain and limit the onset of headaches, as well as future eye problems.

Putting the above into practice daily will ensure that you are maximising your chances of a good strong pair of peepers. Also make sure that whenever you are around sharp or hazardous objects, wear protective gear always. And, of course, keep your eyes clean as much as you can, by minimising the times you put your fingers in your eyes, which can lead to dirt and bacteria scratching the eye and later becoming infected.

7 ways that you can improve your eye health right now

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Leyla Preston (525 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/