Healthy Vision Tips for Better Sight
You live an active lifestyle and do your best to keep healthy and avoid health problems. But how much do you think about your eyes and your vision? Is there anything that you can do to protect or improve your vision? In this article we discuss some ways to keep your eyes healthy for better vision.
Yearly Eye Exams
Eye exams are one of those things that most people don’t do until they notice a change in their vision. Which, in some cases, is too late. Early diagnosis is important in treating and preventing permanent vision loss and even blindness in serious cases.
Annual eye exams can also detect early signs of age related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness according to the national eye institute.
Why do I need an eye exam if I have 20/20 vision?
Vision is only one of the things that your doctor will check during an exam. What else does an exam entail?
- Examination of the retina and optic nerve
- Checking eye pressure
- Looking for the start of any conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts
- Getting a good look at the structure of your eye through dilation – those annoying drops that open the pupil, allowing the doctor to have a good look at the blood vessels, lens and retina.
- Evaluation of your family history of eye health. It is important to always let your health care providers know if there is any history of serious disease in your family, so they can be on the look for any early warning signs.
Proper Nutrition for Eyesight
Good eating habits are another way to ensure you are doing what you can to maintain good vision.
A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables is great for so many parts of your body, but especially your eyes. Nutrients like lutein, zinc and vitamin C and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids have been suggested to help keep your eyes healthy and young. Try adding some of these tasty items to your meal routine:
- Green leafy vegetables, the darker the better: kale, spinach, collard greens and other leafy greens
- Citrus such as orange, grapefruit and lemon for a good kick of vitamin C
- Fish that are naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, tuna and halibut
- Vegetarian protein sources like nuts and beans
- Lower fat meat protein sources like pork, eggs and oysters
Which one of these can you add to your diet to help your eyes stay healthy?
Avoid injury to your eyes
This one might seem kind of obvious, but our moms all said “you’re going to lose an eye doing that” at some point in our lives, right? Avoiding eye injuries is sometimes not preventable, but when ever you can you should wear eye and head protection.
- Work: do you work around machinery or in a dusty environment? Protective eyewear can keep foreign objects from entering your eye and seriously damaging them.
- Play: do you play any sports where there is a possibility of injury?
- Hockey? Be sure that your helmet includes a visor or a full face cage.
- Baseball? A batting helmet will, in most cases, prevent you from taking an errant throw to the face and fracturing the bones protecting your eyes
- Biking? Not only will a helmet protect your head in case of a fall, but a good set of glasses that protect your eyes from bugs and other flying objects is also a good idea.
Are you doing everything you can to protect your eyes from trauma?
Reduce Eye Strain
Digital devices are a way of life now, but they come at a cost to our vision if we don’t remember to take break. Overuse and strain on our eyes from screens can lead to headaches, blurred vision and trouble focusing on things in the distance.
To reduce the risk of damaging your vision, remember the 20-20-20 Rule: for every 20 minutes that you are staring at a screen, look away for 20 seconds, at an object that is at least 20 feet away. This will help the muscles in your eyes and ensure that you have good eyesight down the road.
Protect your eyes from harmful light
Reduce the risk of damage from the sun
We all know that UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun can damage our skin and lead to sunburn or worse, cancer. But those same rays can also damage our eyes.
Sunglasses can help with that. By choosing a set of sunnies with UV protection, you will not only look good, but you are doing your eyes good. And be sure to wear them on gray days too. Even though it may not be as bright out, those damaging rays are there.
Reduce the long term effects of blue light
Another kind of light that can damage your eyes: blue light. What is blue light? Blue light is emitted by not only the sun, but also by a lot of man-made sources of light like fluorescent lighting, LED lighting and digital display screen like smart phones and computer screens.
Exposure to too much blue light, which causes damage over time, not immediately, may contribute to serious eye conditions such as cataract and macular degeneration.
How do I protect myself from overexposure to blue light? If you can, limit the amount of time spent in front of a digital device. Or, if your career requires you to be behind a screen a lot, consider picking up a pair of glasses with a blue light protecting coating.
Zeiss offers lenses with BlueProtect – a blue-violet light blocking solution
- Eyezen lenses by Essilor are also a great option for blue light protection
Disclaimer: This information has been compiled from various sources and is intended for information purposes only. If you are experiencing any vision problems, it is always best to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.