Healthy eyes for a better life

Enjoying good vision and eye health may be something we take for granted, but taking care of your eyes now can mean a lifetime of seeing as well as possible.

Protect your eyes at work, rest and play. Eye injuries can be devastating. Encourage children to wear protective eye wear by wearing it yourself. Properly fitted protective eye wear won’t hurt performance and may save your sight.

Protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV. Getting children to wear sunglasses from an early age is one of the best habits they can develop. We get most of our UV exposure before we turn 18. Children spend about triple the time outside as adults do, and since up to 75% of UV can penetrate the front structures of a child’s eye (compared to only 10% when we reach 25 years of age), it is extra important for their eyes to be protected. The crystalline lens of the eye absorbs most of the UV, which contributes to the development of cataracts.

A healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the best ways to stay healthy, and to maintain eye health. Don’t smoke (smokers have a six fold increased risk of macular degeneration), exercise regularly, and get a variety of nutrients from eating a combination of healthy foods everyday.

The following are some of the top nutrient rich foods for eye health:

Kale:
Contains lutein (dubbed the ‘sunscreen for the macula’) and zeaxanthan – both are powerful antioxidants. Spinach, collards, broccoli and eggs are also good sources.

Oranges:
Along with strawberries and red bell peppers are high in vitamin C.

Peanuts:
Are rich in vitamin E – as are almonds and sunflower seeds.

Kidney beans are high in zinc.

Salmon:
One of the best sources of Omega-3’s (tuna, sardines, walnuts and flaxseed are also good sources). Omega-3’s are important for macular health, but also help the oily layer in tears which can prevent dry eye symptoms.

Whole grains:
Have a lower glycemic index, which has been found to lower macular degeneration by 8%. Good sources are whole oats and wheat, quinoa, and brown rice.

Apricots:
Contain beta-carotene (a carotenoid the body converts to vitamin A). Carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe are good sources too.

Nutritional supplements are a great compliment to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Ask us about which type might be right for you.