Good vision and healthy eyes help you live your life better – that’s one of the basics! The same as every other part of your body, there are simple steps and effective habits that you can employ to keep your eyes healthier and younger for longer. Let’s take a look, in our ultimate guide – our magnificent seven top tips towards maintaining healthy eyes!
Many people suffer from vision problems unnecessarily. A number of factors are responsible for most raising the risk of developing eye common conditions but, take your eye health seriously, and let us show you how easy it is to reduce the risk!
1. Eat foods that are good for your eyes! Sounds simple… and it is! What should you be aiming for? You’ll probably already be aware that oily fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel in particular) is the king here – its richness is omega-3 fatty acids is well known as a key essential nutrient for mind, body and also healthy eyes!
You might be less familiar with lutein and zeaxanthin – two very important eye nutrients that may reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. How do they work their magic? They protect your eyes by absorbing excess light energy, as well as using their antioxidant powers to help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals. What’s the best source? Cooked spinach!
Foods to avoid? An excessive of anything isn’t good for any of us anyway – but cutting down on sugar and salt are recommended! Lower your sugar intake, and you’ll reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes with the devasting effect this disease can have on your eyesight. Lower your salt intake, and reduce the risk of developing bags under your eyes! Cosmetic improvement – but we’re all in favour of those too!
2. Take regular breaks, and exercise your eyes! One of the basics of modern life is learning to protect your eyes from the potential damage that can be caused by a poor working environment. Our eyes weren’t created in order to stare at a bright laptop screen for hours on end. A basic of office-life eye care is to take regular breaks – one key mantra loved by us is: every 20 minutes look at least 20 metres away for at least 20 seconds. It relaxes the eye muscles, prevents dry eye as well as a host of other irritating conditions, and will help maintain those healthy eyes of yours!
3. Get a good night’s sleep! One of our favorites… but not always so easy to manage! Tired eyes aren’t happy eyes – and they’re not healthy eyes either! Make yourself popular with your eye doctor by taking good care of those peepers… and a good sleep routine with help you look great too!
4. Wash your hands! Better still, don’t touch your eyes at all! Even if you work in a clean environment, you’ll have hundreds of thousands of bacteria on your fingers and, depending on what else you’ve come in to unknowing contact with, you could be about to transfer staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. coli, or salmonella on to your eyeball! Pay particular attention to this if you’re a contact lens wearer! Clean contact lenses on to an uninfected eye are your aim! You can learn more about the risks associated with rubbing your eyes here
5. Wear sunglasses. Protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, and be sure to choose sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection. Also, wearing a hat with a brim can help in reducing the amount of UV radiation slipping around the side of your sunglasses. Sunglasses and a hat: a) you’re maintaining healthy eyes by protecting them from UV light and, b) you’re going to look a whole lot cooler in to the bargain too! Double-whammy.
6. Don’t smoke. You know it makes sense, and we’re not going to preach!
7. Take regular eye tests! You think nothing of get checked out by your physician, so why not increase the chances of maintaining healthy eyes by reducing the risk of developing avoidable eye conditions! It really is kind of that easy! You should pay particular attention to scheduling regular visits if you have a family history of vision problems, or are already suffering from an age-related eye disease or other known eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration.
Scheduled visits to your eye doctor can help you maintain healthy eyes in numerous ways. Sometimes, a simple complaint has a simple fix – those dry eyes might only require lubricating drops, but they may be an early warning sign of something rather more sinister! During an eye test, your optician will use his (or her) pain-free instruments to examine deep inside your eye, even the optical nerve, and – this can reveal any hidden or developing eye conditions, and also set an alert for general health conditions too! you can take an M Test for free at any MAGRABi boutique – to find out how, click here
Protect your eyes with these easy tips, and common-sense advice. Follow these simple guidelines and, although we can’t guarantee you’ll retain 20/20 vision forever, you’ll be giving yourself the very best chances at maintaining healthy eyes for life!