Our vision is the type of thing that we often take for granted – Until it starts to fade away.
When you're younger and everything seems so bright and vibrant, you usually don’t take the time to think about what it would be like for your vision to become cloudy, to have to squint to see things clearly, or what it would be like to not see anything at all.
Unfortunately, like anything, as we age we typically don’t maintain the vision and eyesight that we once had. However, there are things that you can do now to maintain your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy.
Mind What You Eat
Everything related to health will usually tie back into the diet that we eat. When we pay mind to the quality of foods that we eat, we reap the benefits as our body is able to use those foods to extract the nutrients that we need for our bodies to function properly.
A well-balanced diet that includes lots of leafy greens, fruits like oranges, fish, eggs and nuts is recommended. In these foods you’ll find things like Omega 3’s, Zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E – all which help prevent eye related ailments like cataracts and macular degeneration.
I’m sure you’ve heard – Our bodies are mostly made of water! Making sure that we’re always topped off with adequate levels of fluid is important for our general health. It’s also important for our eyes. Dehydration can lead to dry eyes which is not good for your long-term vision.
Protect Your Eyes From the Sun
We all know that it’s not too bright (or is it? Haha) to stare directly at the sun. We’re told from a young age that this will do damage to our eyes. Well, even if you aren’t looking directly at the sun, your eyes are still being exposed to UV rays. Over time, too much exposure can result in macular degeneration and other problems. Simple solution – Wear sunglasses!
Visit the Eye Doctor
It’s a good idea to be proactive and regularly visit the eye doctor just in case. A lot of eye related diseases and ailments can be better treated if caught early.
An optometrist will be able to test your vision and provide you with a prescription for eyeglasses if needed.
Along with 1000’s of other problems that smoking cigarettes can cause, smoking is not good for your eyes! These days, there’s a lot of online support groups to help you quit smoking. Some people use gum, lozenges, laser therapy, the patch, or they quit cold turkey. Regardless of the method and despite how difficult it can be, you are capable of quitting smoking for good, and your eyes (among many other things) will thank you for it
Take a Break from the Screen
Starting too long at computer screens, TV’s, or phones can cause you to strain your eyes which can be damaging over the long-term. In this day and age, it’s easier said than done considering how much we rely on screens. However, it’s good to take periodic breaks so that you can give your eyes a rest.