To ensure that your eyes are in excellent condition you are required to see eye doctors at least once every few years. However, if you experience vision problems such as irritation, pain or sudden blindness you should not wait until your next appointment. Call your eye doctor immediately. Most eye problems are normally discovered during a routine eye exam and when these are caught early there’s a high chance they will be treated with much success. Of course, your goal is to make sure you don’t reach that point, which is why if have a 20/20 vision you should strive to maintain it. How do you achieve and maintain a healthy eyesight? The following are important tips that will help preserve good vision.
Have A Balanced Diet
Having a healthy diet is not only good for your body it’s good for your eyes too! As much as possible, make sure you include foods that are rich in antioxidants in your meal plan especially fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins A and C. Don’t forget to include fatty fish as these contain omega-3 fatty acids that contribute to a healthy macula. The macula is the part of your eye that allows you to see in full detail. It’s responsible for central vision. When you’re always consuming foods that are high in saturated fats and if you regularly consume alcohol free radicals will attack your macula and this can affect your vision.
One of the benefits of exercising is it improves your eyesight by increasing the flow of oxygen in your eyes. Try to squeeze a 30-minute of cardio at least 2 to 3 times a week to improve your body’s blood circulation. If you can’t access the gym you can try to run, jog or brisk walk around your neighborhood or do jumping jacks in your living room. There are tons of ways to exercise without the need to go to the gym.
Get Enough Sleep
Do you know that getting enough sleep will not only prevent eye bags and dark circles but it will also improve your eye health? Therefore, it helps if you establish a bedtime routine. Before 9PM all the lights should be turned off. Do not engage in any strenuous activity 30 minutes to an hour before your bedtime as this will only keep you active and awake.
If you’re a chronic smoker, here’s another reason to quit – smoking is bad for your eyes since it exposes your eyes to oxidative stress. According to studies, smoking will increase your risk of developing health problems that will affect your eyesight.
Your sunglasses play an important role in protecting your eyes especially from ultraviolet light. Although they come in many different styles, colors and designs, the most important feature you need to check out is if the sunglasses offer UVA and UVB protection. During the summer season, protecting your eyes from the sun using sunglasses may not be enough. If you’re going to go out under the scorching heat we recommend you wear a wide brimmed hat to block UV rays.
Limit Exposure To Blue Light
Almost everyone is using mobile devices every day. Unfortunately, whenever you use these devices you are exposing yourself to high energy blue light your eyes especially. To protect your eyes, eye doctors recommend you limit the time you spend on your computer. Take 20 minute breaks. Keep it 24 inches away from your eyes. Adjust the lighting to reduce the glare on your screen. Don’t forget to blink.
Having good vision offers numerous benefits. You get to drive safely, perform better at work and read a good book without using corrective lenses. If you follow these 6 tips and if you visit your eye doctor regularly your eye sight will remain in great condition for as long as possible.
Dr. Susan M Sloan is an Optometrist in Sarasota FL, who has been committed to providing professional, personal eye care to adult and children for over 30 years.