2 Healthy Habits to Help Boost Your Vision

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How to Boost Eye HealthIt may seem like I’m a little late on this one, but the American Optometry Association declared March as “Save Your Vision” month. Sure, the month is over and we’re now beginning April, but I think it’s still worth passing on the word. Besides, just because March is over, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your eye health for the next 11 months!

Eye Health: What You Need to Know to Maintain Your Vision

Eyesight, or the lack thereof, amongst an aging population is a major concern. Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are two major health concerns that can lead to impaired vision and blindness. Furthermore, today’s society makes the strain on your eyes much greater, as smaller screens are more common and we use them much more often.

Smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers, and other tiny screens are a part of nearly everybody’s life. Even if you’re in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, you should pay attention. You may still be young, but looking at these screens all day is quite taxing on your vision.

Fortunately, there are a couple of habits you can adopt that can help stave off conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), so you have clearer vision for longer. These two habits can also help prevent blindness and fight vision-related headaches and confusion, and improve quality of life.

There is little scientific evidence to support that eye exercises and alternative therapies work, so the best thing to do is visit an eye doctor and listen to what they have to say regarding your particular case. However, as I mentioned earlier, there are two habits you can adopt that can work to help protect your vision naturally.

Two Habits for Healthy Eyes and Vision

Eye Health Habit #1: Eat for Better Eyesight

Were you ever told that carrots help you see in the dark? Well, it’s true that various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help maintain eye strength and prevent degeneration.

Yellow and green foods have beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, along with vitamins C, A, and E, which help boost eye health. Including foods like dark-green leafy vegetables, yellow peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other nutritious yellow, orange, and green fruits and vegetables will help protect your eyes from macular damage.

Foods like garlic, onions, and shallots contain sulfur, cysteine, and lecithin, which can help protect the lens of your eye from cataracts.

Eye Health Habit #2: Rest Your Eyes

Like every other part of your body, your eyes need sleep to rest and recover. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can impact vision, so try and get as much rest as possible. Better yet, rest your eyes throughout the day, too. If you spend a lot of time reading or focusing on a screen, each hour, close your eyes and rest them for just a few minutes.

Adopting these two simple habits will help to keep your vision clearer for longer, but remember to also visit your optometrist regularly for checkups.

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Source for Today’s Article:
“Eye Health Center,” WebMD web site; http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/good-eyesight, last accessed March 26, 2015.