Your eyes are a gift and your window on the world, so taking proper care of them is an essential aspect of your personal health. However, many of us take part in unhealthy eye habits almost every day that may end up impairing our vision in later life. So what are some of the best tips for taking care of our eyes? Let Dr Alex Wilson explain to you these tips.
Yes, those carrot sticks at the next party may be just what the doctor ordered, for a carrot a day keeps the eye doctor away. Carrots have Beta-carotene; it is what gives them their orange color and is more commonly known as vitamin A. This vitamin is vital for healthy retinas and also contributes to the health of the rest of your eye as a whole.
Various Berries/ Citrus:
Proper eye health never tasted so good! Citrus fruits and many kinds of berries have large amounts of vitamin C, especially limes. Vitamin C is important for defence against cataracts and macular degeneration. Both of these can afflict you at any time but especially in old age so eating healthy now can help prevent eye issues later in life.
As odd as it may sound, that morning coffee is not only a pick me up but low levels of caffeine are also great for your eyes. The components of caffeine help to protect you against dry eye. Beyond being irritating, dry eyes can lead to other more serious vision problems and drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks can help.
Part of nutrition is also environmentally based and the environment that is best for your eyes is one that is cool and slightly humid. Many of us have flown on a plane and felt our eyes become burning and dry. This is not a good environment for your eye health. Humidity has other advantages like helping keep down dust or pollen which can irritate eyes. There are many heat pumps on the market that allow for home humidity control as well as air filtering so not only is your air the proper humidity for comfy eyes but they also reduce irritation.
Resting your eyes:
It may seem odd that your eyes would need a rest but the fact is staring too long at a screen or other items that are close for too long can put a strain on your eyes. Do it long enough and it can even cause damage. One of the best things you can do if you have been in front of a screen for a while is about every 20 minutes look away at something more distant. Also, too much screen time can lead to less blinking which leads to dry eye so remember to look away occasionally.
You will have those eyes for the rest of your life so it’s important to keep them healthy for years to come. Also see a Calgary Optometrist and have your eyes checked regularly.