Five things you should be doing to protect your eyes
by: Kim Gillian
If you’ve got good vision, it’s easy to be complacent about your eye health. But if you don’t care for your eyes, you may not see so well forever.
We spoke to Dr Shanel Sharma, eye specialist and surgeon from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, to find out the most common mistakes people make when it comes to eye health, and how you can easily amend your ways.
You don’t eat enough oily fish
Eating fish like salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel or tuna at least two times a week is important for good eye health.
“Eating oily fish is protective against macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in older Australians,” Dr Sharma says.
“If you eat them two or three times a week, you will have greater protection to your eyes than somebody who doesn’t eat oily fish.”
You’re not snacking on nuts
Just a handful of almonds, macadamias, cashews or Brazil nuts a week is all it takes to further boost your eye health.
“Oily nuts are protective against macular degeneration as well,” Dr Sharma says.
“Eating leafy green vegetables and fresh fruit daily is also important.”
You’re having too much salt and sugar
We often think of reducing our intake of salt and sugar for heart health or weight loss, but Dr Sharma says that with diabetic eye disease being a leading cause of blindness, it’s crucial we monitor our junk food intake for our vision as much as for other health benefits.
“High cholesterol and high blood pressure are risk factors for diabetic eye diseases and macular degeneration so keeping a low salt intake and low sugar intake are important,” Dr Sharma says….
Source: Coach Nine