World Health Day is a convenient reminder to take a closer look at your health and find ways to make improvements. Following a healthy lifestyle gives you energy, makes you feel good, and can extend your life. There are so many methods to boost your well-being, including your overall vision health. To help you promote your eye health, here is our official round up of eye-healthy blogs:
Eat healthy foods
Adding specific foods to your diet will help keep your eyesight strong and help to prevent age-related eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), dry eyes, cataracts, and problems with night vision. Beans, broccoli, dark green and leafy vegetables, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, yams, and wheat germ are just a few of the main foods with vision-boosting nutrients. We’ve got more advice on how to eat healthy for your eyes on our blog.
Follow these eating guidelines
Apart from specific foods, there are food components that you can either increase or limit in your diet to improve your overall eye health. This blog contains four tips on changes you can make at mealtimes to promote healthy eyes and vision.
Eat more carrots
As a kid, you probably heard that carrots can make you see better in the dark. Well, although carrots might not necessarily make your vision better, they do contain nutrients that are great for your overall eye health. This blog will tell you all about how carrots can support your eye health and gives you some other fun facts about the vegetable.
Did you know that improving your diet could also improve your eye health? This blog contains 4 tips on how you can change your diet to promote healthy eyes and vision.
Limit device use
Advances in technology have Canadians spending time on digital devices now more than ever. In fact, reports indicate that Canadian teens spend an average of eight hours in front of a screen per day. Excessive screen time and glare can cause tension headaches, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), and a lack of focus. To ease the negative effects, limit screen time, follow proper ergonomics guidelines, wear anti-glare glasses, and make sure to maintain regular eye exams to monitor your vision health. Learn more about how to prevent the effect of device use on our blog.
Reduce eye strain with exercise
In today’s world, many of us spend all day looking at a computer screen at work and then go home just to do the same on our phones or televisions. This blog gives you 5 tips on what you can do to reduce eye strain from looking at a screen for too long.
Exercise your eyes regularly
There are some basic exercises you can do to improve the overall health of your eyes. While these exercises won't cure you of any existing vision issues or diseases, studies have shown that they may help strengthen your overall eye health. Some include simple moves such as focusing, eye palming, blinking, and massaging. Follow the detailed directions on our blog.
Use eye makeup safely
Many of us use eye makeup every day without thinking about how it can affect our vision. It’s important to use eye makeup carefully and remove it properly to avoid infections, irritation, or inflammation. This blog will give you tips on how to use eye makeup without compromising your eye health.
Protect from harmful UV ray light
Too much sun can damage your vision. The effects of UV rays can be temporary or permanent. Bright light activates the constriction of the pupil and the squinting reflex to minimize the penetration of the sun’s rays into the eye. Wearing proper protective lenses like sunglasses or UV protected eyeglasses can reduce the risk of UV exposure. This blog outlines some risks associated with over-exposure to UV rays.
Your entire body is negatively affected by using tobacco, and risks to your vision are significant. Statistics Canada’s most recent studies indicate that more than 4 million Canadians currently smoke. The habit can make serious conditions such as dry eye, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and more. By taking steps to quit, you can lower your risk of visual impairment and vision loss.
Moderate your alcohol consumption
We’ve all heard that alcohol can damage your liver, but did you know that it can affect your eyes, as well? “Beer goggles” aren’t just a funny thing happening inside your head—alcohol actually changes the way your vision works. This blog will tell you exactly what’s happening to your eyes when you drink and how much alcohol you can consume without putting your eye health at risk.
There are many factors we need to take into consideration when maintaining and improving our health. When it comes to eye health, diet, exercises, and the right protection and precautions are all important things to consider.
To make sure your eyes and your vision are in good health, consider making an appointment with an optometrist at an FYidoctors location near you.