A Guide for Healthy Eyes

Written by Mat Lecompte
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A Guide for Healthy Eyes

Eye health can seem a little basic at times. Sure, you shouldn’t stare directly into the sun, but is that really it?

Of course not. Your eyes, just like the rest of your body, need to be taken care of. Different eye conditions can appear over time, however many are treatable and avoidable.

Some common eye conditions are presbyopia which occurs when the eye’s lenses lose the ability to change shape and focus up close. It affects an estimated 90-percent of people over 45. Cataract symptoms can appear in the 60s, and dry eye can impact anyone at any age.

How can you minimize the likelihood or these conditions and others? Try these tips to help you hold on to healthy eyes.

Eat Well: Your eyes do better, just like the rest of your body, when they get the nutrients they need. No single food holds the power, but tying to include food like eggs, which are rich in zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin, is a good place to start.

Foods like almonds or spinach, that are packed with vitamin E, as well as foods with vitamin C can all help protect your eyes.

Exercise: There is research to suggest that cardiovascular exercise can lower the risk of ocular disease, likely because it improves blood flow.

Sunglasses: Sunglasses do more than making it easier to see on bright days. Extended exposure to bright light waves can burn your corneas and lead to a condition called photokeratitis, or snow blindness.

People who spend a lot of time in the sun are also at increased risk for pterygium, a growth of a gritty, fleshy pink tissue on the conjunctiva, which is clear matter on the surface of the eye.

UV rays also damage eye tissue, so getting 100-percent UV blocking rays is recommended.

Good Hygiene: Your eyes are great at cleaning themselves, but they still require some effort on your part. If you wear contacts, make sure you change them daily and don’t sleep in them. Use solution and not water to store and clean them.

Also , be sure to use cosmetics properly and always wipe them off before bed. Check expiration dates and application directions to limit the chance of infections.

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On any matter relating to your health or well-being, please check with an appropriate health professional. No statement herein is to be construed as a diagnosis, treatment, preventative, or cure for any disease, disorder or abnormal physical state. The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Foods and Drugs Administration or Health Canada. Dr. Marchione and the doctors on the Bel Marra Health Editorial Team are compensated by Bel Marra Health for their work in creating content, consulting along with formulating and endorsing products.