Eyes are the windows to the beautiful world around us. Therefore, healthy eyes are a part of a happy life. They enable us to enjoy our beautiful world. There are few simple steps by which you can make sure that you have healthy eyes and clear sight in your golden years.
1. Healthy Diet
You can help maintain good eye health and potentially prevent some troubling eye conditions by having food rich in vitamins & antioxidants. Studies have shown that antioxidants and nutrients that are linked to a lower risk of common eye conditions include lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, which are plentiful in following food items:
• Carrots, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
• Nuts, beans, eggs and other non-meat proteins such as soy
• Dark pigment fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and grapes
• Citrus fruits and juices
• Cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and other oily fish
2. Quit Smoking
Smoking is injurious to the entire body. It causes eye damage by producing oxidative stress to eye tissues & makes you susceptible to developing macular degeneration, hasten the progress of development of cataracts and can cause optic nerve damage.
3. Protect your eyes
It is important to protect our eyes from hazardous things around us. Most prevalent things around us are pollution and ultraviolet rays of sun. Wear protective glasses to prevent exposure to dust, smoke and UV radiation. Have your AC vent direct away from your eye to prevent dryness & direct wind exposure.
4. Follow proper eyecare guidelines
Do follow eye care practices at your work place. If you are using computers or other digital instruments then follow the 20-20-20 rule: Simply rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This will prevent blurring of vision, dry eyes & headaches. If your workplace is too hot or has exposure to flying particles then do use protective wear.
Don't self-medicate your eyes. Don't use medications available over the counter. Don't use drops available for 'REGULAR USE'. Nature has provided us with tears as a protective mechanism, so don't put drops without any indication.
5. See your Eye Specialist regularly
It is the best way to maintain the health of your eyes. It is not necessary to have unhealthy eyes to visit an eye specialist. Have routine yearly eye check-ups to diagnose any developing disorders. Have regular vision checkups, even if you are having clear sight, especially people having Diabetes, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia & a Family History of eye diseases.
6. Take care of your overall health
Exercise also helps to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic diseases, increasing chances of having major eye diseases.