For Your Health: Tips for maintaining good eye health

By Lauren Strouse

We only get one set of eyes so eye health is just as important as overall health.

Good eye health begins with the food you eat, just like good health in general. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamin C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. Those nutrients are found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collards; oily fish like salmon and tuna; eggs, nuts, beans and other non-meat sources of protein as well as citrus fruits, oysters and pork.

A well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which lowers your odds of obesity and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

Other tips for maintaining good eye health include the following: You may visit either an optometrist of ophthalmologist. An optometrist can perform eye exams, as well as diagnose eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, conjunctivitis and macular degeneration. Ophthalmologists are trained to do the same things as optometrists, however they are actual medical doctors and can and

  • Quit smoking or never start smoking. Smoking can damage the optic nerve and increase your chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. Too much exposure also boosts your chances of developing the previously mentioned diseases.
  • Use safety eyewear at work if needed and at home if you use hazardous or airborne materials. Wear eye protection when engaging in sports like hockey, racquetball and lacrosse.

If you spend a lot of time working at a computer, you need to rest your eyes periodically; look away at least every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Staring at the screen for too long can cause eye strain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches and pain in the neck, back and shoulders….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Read more: https://www.dailyrepublic.com/all-dr-news/solano-news/local-features/local-lifestyle-columns/for-your-health-tips-for-maintaining-good-eye-health/                                                                                                                       Source: Daily Republic

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