Taking care of your eyes should be a priority just like eating healthy. An annual comprehensive eye exam can provide early detection of many common eye problems or diseases. Children aged 3 to 5 should have a vision screening to find common conditions such as amblyopia or lazy eye.
Early detection and timely treatment of eye diseases are most important to prevent our vision loss, eye diseases and blindness. Many people who are at most risk for blindness and vision loss, they’re not aware of that and also most of the people leading life being undetected vision problems, AMD, various diseases as well as so many others eye conditions.
Best foods to boost our eye health:
Live a healthy life. Have healthy foods. It is tremendously important to improve our vision.
A) Fish:- Coldwater fish such as Salmon, Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help protect against dry eyes, macular degeneration.
B) Leafy Greens:- Spinach, Kale is packed full of lutein and zeaxanthin, important plant pigments that can help stem the development of macular degeneration and cataracts.
C) Eggs:- The vitamins and nutrients in eggs, including lutein and vitamin A which may protect against night blindness and dry eyes.
C) Whole grains:- A diet containing foods with a low glycemic index (GL) helps reduce the risk for age-related macula degeneration. Refined carbohydrates for brown rice, whole oats, and whole wheat bread, and pasta.
E) Fruits:- Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and berries are high in Vitamin C, which may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
F) Nuts:- Pistachios, Walnuts, Almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E that boost our eye health.
G) Colourful fruits and vegetables:- Foods such as carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, corn are good sources of Vitamin A and C.
H) Legumes:- Lentis, Beans, peas are good sources of zinc that can help protect the retina and lower the risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
Importance of eye exam:- This is more than just a vision screening. An eye care professional (Optometrist) places drops in each eye to dilate the pupil. This illuminates the back of the eyes so that patient can see signs of damage or disease. Most people don’t realize their vision could be improved with glasses. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect the diseases in their early stages.
Use protective eyewear:- Eye injuries or eye diseases can happen during near work while playing games prevent those problems from happening by wearing protective eyewear. Use safety glasses, goggles. We all know that sun rays can damage our eyes. So make sure to wear sunglasses. It will be helpful to protect from 99% to 100% UVA and UVB radiation.
Don’t Smoke:- Smoking is as harmful to our eyes as it is to the rest of our body. If you smoke you can develop serious eye diseases that can cause vision loss or blindness, macular degeneration, cataracts. Smokers with diabetes are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. These can damage blood vessels in our eyes. Smokers are also to develop dry eye syndrome, eyes may look red. If smokers notice any changes in their vision they should see an Optometrist.
Take a break:- When using a phone, computer or any electronic screen reduce eye strain with the 20-20-20 rule like every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
May month is known for Healthy Vision Month, Keep your Eyes Healthy.