Nutrition Is a key component in healthy eyes
To keep your eyes working healthy and properly, choose foods that are rich in antioxidants like vitamin A and C, such as leafy, green vegetables and fish. Many foods, especially fish, contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to the health of macula and other parts of the eye.
Smoking affects eye health, too
Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. Smoking increases the risk of developing a variety of conditions that affect your eye health.
Step away from your computer screen
After hours of staring at the computer, your eyes end up feeling the same kind of repetitive stress in your eye muscles as your wrists. When working on the computer, try to:
- Keep your computer at a 20’-24’ distance from your eyes.
- Keep the top of your computer screen slightly below your eyes.
- Adjust the lighting to minimize glares on your screen.
- Take a break every 15 minutes to focus on an object in the distance.
- Remember to blink frequently!
Believe it or not, exercise is very important for eye health. Exercise helps improve blood circulation, which, in return, improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removals of toxins. Regular exercise also helps keep our weight in the normal range, which reduces the risk of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.