Your eyes are the most important sensory organ of the human body and four fifths of all the impressions on the senses come from the eye. Daily activities we may take for granted depend on good vision such as driving, communicating with others, picking out groceries and more.
Here are some ways to show your eyes how much you care.
1. Take Your Eyes to a Nice Dinner
A deficiency in proper vitamins can impair retinal function. Foods that contain vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are good for eye health.1 Some examples include raw red peppers, sunflower seeds and nuts, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, seafood such as salmon, sweet potatoes and beans and legumes.2
2. Make a Date with the Eye Doctor
It’s important to have your eyes regularly checked. Eye exams can detect diseases early such as glaucoma which has no symptoms in the beginning. Vision loss can mostly be prevented if conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma are caught and treated early.
3. Buy Them Shades
Excessive exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. To provide enough protection sunglasses should block out 99 to 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation; screen out 75% to 90% of visible light and have lenses that are free of distortion and imperfection.3
4. Give Them a Break
It’s easy to overuse your eyes. Since smartphone and computer use has gone up, and sometimes your eyes forget to blink, our eyes are more fatigued than ever. Here’s something to try: the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This will help reduce eye fatigue and strain.4
5. Don’t Smoke
Smokers are four times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than that of non-smokers. They are also more likely than non-smokers to develop cataracts.5 Smoking may speed deterioration by increasing the number of damaging chemical compounds or reducing the number of protective nutrients delivered by the bloodstream to the eye.6
We think your eyes will feel the love with these ways to care. Cheers to a year of healthier eyes!