Healthy eyes are “powerful” eyes. Although vision is a vital sense, we often take our eyes for granted. Very few people develop smart eye care habits to safeguard and improve their vision. In this article, we will share some valuable information to help you keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong. Read on to learn more.
Eat A Fresh, High Protein Whole-Foods Diet
You really are what you eat, and maintaining a healthy diet consisting of natural, whole foods can help improve your vision and your overall good health. Here are some of the very best foods you can eat to maintain good eye health and enhance your vision:
1. Green Leafy Veggies
- Mustard Greens
- Turnip Greens
- Collard Greens
- Beet Greens
2. Oily Fish
3. High Quality Protein Sources
4. Orange Fruits & Veggies
- Sweet Potatoes
Eating these nourishing, clean, whole foods will help you maintain good overall health and avoid diabetes, which is one of the main causes of vision problems and blindness among adults. These lists are just guidelines. Naturally, you should take advantage of the freshest produce available in your area and, in addition to eating orange and green veggies, eat a “rainbow” of fresh produce to ensure you are getting the full array of nutrition available to you.
Refrain From Tobacco Products
All tobacco products are seriously detrimental to your overall good health, but smoking is especially bad for your vision. When you smoke, you are much more likely to develop eye problems such as:
Smoking also causes and exacerbates problems such as heart disease, respiratory illness, hypertension and more. It is easy to see that stopping smoking should be a priority for anyone seeking good health and powerful vision.
Don’t be discouraged if you have tried to quit smoking and failed. Smoking is a strong addiction and most people must try to quit multiple times before succeeding. Seek help and advice from your health professional to ensure success in quitting.
Protect Your Eyes From Ultraviolet (UV) Rays
Excessive UV ray exposure can predispose your eyes to macular degeneration and cataracts. Be sure to invest in effective sunglasses that block 99-100% UV rays.
High quality sunglasses with polarized lenses provide greater safety when driving because they reduce glare. Be sure to wear them even if you wear contacts that provide UV protection. Sunglasses protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from damage caused by the sun.
Be Safe Around Hazardous Materials
Always wear safety goggles when performing potentially dangerous tasks. When working around your house, yard and shop your eyes could be damaged by chemical splashes, flying dust/sawdust particles and more. When playing sports, it is very important that you protect your head and eyes against injury by wearing proper headgear.
Work Wisely At The Computer
It is very easy to lose track of the time when working at your computer, but if you stare at the screen for an extended period of time, you may experience a number of different problems with your eyes, including:
- Difficulty Refocusing For Distance Vision
- Tension Headaches
- Blurred Vision
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
1. Be sure that your chair is supportive and ergonomically correct. Sit with good posture. Your feet should be flat on the floor in front of you with one slightly forward of the other.
2. Avoid discomfort by placing your computer monitor in such a way that your eyes and the top edge of the monitor are level. In this way, you will be able to look down slightly at the screen. This helps prevent back and neck strain.
3. Position your monitor so that it does not receive glare from inside lights or from the sun. An anti-glare screen can be very helpful in preventing eyestrain caused by glare.
4. Take a five minute break every twenty minutes. Stand up, move around and look around. Give your eyes a break by looking at items at various distances away from you. Look from side to side and off into the distance.
5. Every two hours, take a break for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Again, exercise your eyes by looking up, down and from side to side. You may want to close your eyes for a bit. Applying a cold compress can also be helpful and restful to the eyes.
6. Remember to blink! It is possible to become so engrossed in your work that you forget to blink, but blinking regularly can help prevent dry-eye.
7. If you have specific vision problems while using your computer, discuss them with your optometrist. You may need to get glasses especially for computer use.
Have Your Eyes Examined Regularly
It’s a good idea to see your optometrist once or twice a year even if you do not wear glasses. Early detection of eye problems (just as with any health problem) helps ensure successful treatment.
Your Whole Body Benefits From Good Vision Habits
We used to think that the systems of the body were separate. Today we understand that they are intricately interrelated. Maintaining good posture, developing healthy eating habits and sensible work habits and visiting your health professional regularly will go far to improving your general quality of life and building powerful eyes.