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While you’re probably determined to keep everything from your bones to your heart healthy…
…chances are you’re not doing enough to ensure that your eyes stay strong. Since they’re pretty valuable assets, it pays to follow these seven valuable tips and keep your sight sharp.
1. Watch what you’re eating
The saying “you are what you eat” applies to your eyes, too! Nutrients including vitamins A, C & E, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help support overall eye health and reduce your risk for being inflicted with eye-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Make sure your diet is rich in:
- Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and collard greens
- Oily fish, including salmon and tuna
- High-protein non-meat foods, such as eggs, nuts, and beans
- Colorful fruits, including oranges, cantaloupe, and strawberries
2. Copy the movie stars
By the time we’ve reached our 40s and 50s, we’ve spent a lot of time in the sun. Further exposing ourselves to harmful UVA and UVB rays can lead to eye-related diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose sunglasses that block almost all of these rays. Wraparound styles help block them from every angle, for maximum protection.
3. Nix the nicotine
Everyone knows that smoking wrecks havoc on our bodies, but it also affects our eyes. Nicotine restricts production of the chemicals needed to see clearly, and can lead to eye-related diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, and even blindness. The smoke itself also causes irritation to your eyes and to the peepers of those around you.
4. Supplement your efforts
While the foods we mentioned above include trace amounts of zeaxanthin and lutein, only a supplement can provide the right amount to help maintain, and even improve, our eye health. Zeaxanthin and lutein also act as “internal sunglasses” to absorb light and to protect against glare, especially when you’re driving at night. Keep eating your fruits and veggies, but give your eyes the boost they need with EyePromise Vizual EDGE softgels.
5. Don’t try to be a screen goddess
It’s a fact that spending too much time in front of computer screens can be stressful on the eyes, potentially leading to eyestrain, blurred vision, and nasty headaches. To protect yourself from these uncomfortable situations, look at an object in the distance every 20 minutes, and make sure to take a short break away from the computer every hour or two.
6. See an eye doctor
Make sure to visit a board-certified ophthalmologist, once a year, to have your vision checked, and to check for signs of age-related eye disease.
7. Keep your hands off!
Avoid touching your eyes with dirty hands. If something is caught in your eye, or you wear contact lenses, always wash your hands before touching them. This will help avoid the spread of bacteria from your fingers that could trigger harmful eye infections.