Best Way to Protect your EyesightJanuary 10, 2018
We love our eyes. We dress them up with makeup, adorn them with sunglasses, and even wear certain color clothing to bring out the unique shades of our eyes. But how many of us can claim that we are protecting our eyesight on a daily basis? Sure, we eat our carrots but what else can we do to protect our vision that we cherish so dearly? Let’s take a closer look at some simple things that we all can do to protect our eyesight for years to come.
- Wear Sunglasses, a Visor, or a Hat – Ultraviolet light can damage the eyes. The reflective power of snow, sand, and water can exacerbate these effects. The right sunglasses, visor or hat should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB (two bands of ultraviolet light).
- Exercise Regularly – Regular physical activity such as walking, gardening, swimming, or any other aerobic exercise can help stave off cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which are two risk factors for chronic eye diseases.
- Eat for your Eyes – A variety of fruits and veggies can help protect your eyes from disease and eye disorders. Green, leafy veggies provide fiber, which slows the absorption of cholesterol and sugar. In addition, berries are potent antioxidants and blood-vessel strengtheners. The omega-3s in fish may decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration in those at high genetic risk.
- Avoid Smoke – The chemicals in smoking products can damage the eyes as well as escalate the risk of arterial disease. Steer clear of second hand smoke or, if you smoke, stay away from family members and loved ones.
- Regular Exams – Whether you are having eye issues or not, everyone should have regular eye exams for early diagnosis.
- Know Family History – Since many eye disorders run in families it is important to understand family history. Talk to relatives about eye issues that they have experienced.
Protect those peepers daily with a few of these suggestions. Call Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons at 617-232-9600 if you have questions about your vision or visit our website here.