Good vision helps you perform well at home, at work, or behind the wheel. It’s important to take a few simple steps to make sure you help keep your eyesight at its best. A regular eye exam is the best way to protect your eyes and an easy precaution to take. Here are some other tips to keep healthy eyes in your 20’s & 30’s.
Eat a Well Balanced Diet
Choose foods rich in antioxidants, like Vitamins A and C. Foods like leafy, green vegetables and fish are always a good choice! Fatty fish, such as salmon contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the health of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision.
Inadequate intake of antioxidants, consumption of alcohol or saturated fats may create free-radical reactions that can harm the macula. High-fat diets can also cause deposits that constrict blood flow in the arteries. The eyes are especially sensitive to this, given the small size of the blood vessels that feed them.
Exercise improves blood circulation, which improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins.
Getting the sleep you need is always important. You’ll look great, you’ll perform better and a good night’s rest will support the health of your eyes.
Wash your hands
One way that people catch colds is by rubbing their eyes while they have cold virus germs on their hands. Keeping your hands clean is so important when it comes to your eyes, especially if you’re a contact lens wearer. Before you touch your eye—and before you put in or remove a contact lens—wash your hands with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel. Some germs and bacteria that come from your hands can cause eye infections, like bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye). When you touch your eye, whatever is on your fingers goes right onto your eye’s surface.
Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. While the connection has not been clearly identified, it is known that smoking increases your risk for a variety of health conditions affecting the eye. To help you quit, visit the American Lung Association’s free online smoking cessation program – Freedom From Smoking Online – at www.ffsonline.org.
To protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, choose sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection. Also, wearing a hat with a brim will greatly reduce the amount of UV radiation slipping around the side of your sunglasses.
Devices and Blue Light
It’s virtually impossible to avoid digital devices for hours each day at work and at home. But these devices are exposing your eyes to high energy blue light. It’s called blue light because the wavelengths emitted are near the bluer part of the spectrum. Lutein & Zeaxanthin are eye nutrients that are concentrated in the macula and help filter blue light.* Lutein and Zeaxanthin cannot be produced by our bodies on their own, so they must be obtained through diet and/or supplements.
Here are some other tips to help when you’re on your computer:
- Keep your computer screen within 20″-24″ of your eye.
- Keep the top of your computer screen slightly below eye level.
- Adjust lighting to minimize glare on the screen.
- Blink frequently.
- Take a break every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Use lubricating eye drops to soothe irritated, dry eyes.
Keeping your eyes healthy at any age is important. Keeping healthy eyes in your 20’s & 30’s will help them stay healthy as you age!
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