10 ways to keep your eyes healthy
by: Joanna Kiernan
Our reporter asked Dr David Keegan, consultant ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospital, what we can do to reduce and even halt the effects of many serious sight complaints
“Don’t ignore poor vision or just put it down to old age,” says Dr Keegan. “Have it seen to by an eye doctor or another eye-care professional. A lot of people ignore poor vision even though much of what causes it is preventable. So have regular eye check-ups to keep on top of things.”
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating well can have enormous benefits for your eyes.
“Having a diet rich in anti-oxidants, in fruit and vegetables and low in fats, particularly saturated fats, will prevent against macular degeneration, cataract and diabetic retinopathy – three of the main causes of vision impairment worldwide,” says Dr Keegan.
It is well documented that smoking is bad for your general health, but it can also cause direct damage to your sight by lessening the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream available to your eyes. The results of this ‘oxidative stress’ can lead to retina damage and even cell death in the area.
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Source: Life Health and Wellbeing