When people think about their health, they seldom think about the health of their eyes. Most people don’t give much thought to the health of their eyes and only think about them when there’s a problem, or when their vision begins to fail. Keeping your eyes healthy can help prevent some of the problems that usually come up later in life. Here are some ways to help keep your eyes healthy.
Your eyes are like other parts of your body and most of the things you do to keep your body healthy also help your eyes. A good diet is important to keeping your eyes healthy. A diet that’s high in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E can reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration.
Smoking is bad for health. It’s been known for some time now that smoking has a negative impact on the cardiovascular system, and there are also all the links to cancer. Now you can add the bad effects smoking has on the eyes. Smoking can increase the progression of cataract as well as macular degeneration.
Most people remember to wear sunscreen to protect their skin from the suns harmful rays, but you need to protect your eyes too. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the development of cataracts but there is now also evidence that some sun can help reduce the risk of developing near-sightedness sometime in life. So, go ahead and wear the sunglasses, but just remember to take them off occasionally.
Almost everyone knows that spending a lot of time in front of a monitor is not good for your eyes. There is clear evidence that excessive blue light causes retinal damage and can accelerate the development of age related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Keeping your eyes healthy is important, but it’s just as important to watch for changes in your vision. If you notice any strange dots or spider web like things in your eyes, go see an ophthalmologist.