May is Healthy Vision Month
There's nothing more important than caring for the healthy and safety of your vision. Oftentimes healthy vision is taken for granted until a vision problem develops. Below are a few tips you can keep in mind to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
Healthy Food, Healthy Eyes
Think about a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables – dark leafy greens, red strawberries, and deep dark blueberries to name a few examples – as the building blocks for a healthy life, including healthy eyes. Vegetables like spinach, collard greens, kale, orange peppers, carrots and zucchini are recommended because they contain lutein and zeaxanthin and may protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and decreased cataract development in older women.
If you feel your diet may be lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients, a good dietary supplment may be a healthy addition to your diet. Many dietary supplments are especially formulated for your vision health. These are meant to supplement your diet to add back the things you may not be eating on a daily basis. Talk to your optometrist or ophthalmologist to see what brand of vitamin supplement is recommended.
Annual Eye Exams
A quick, annual check up with your eye care provider can help identify any issues so they can be addressed with the least possible impact to your vision and safety. Ensuring you have the correct prescription lenses can help prevent falls or other accidents that can be detrimental to your health, in addition to ruling out more serious conditions such as macular degeneration, Fuchs' dystrophy and glaucoma and seek earlier treatments, if necessary.
Choosing to protect your eyes means more than choosing to protective lenses. Ensure you are wearing proper safety gear such as safety goggles or special lenses designed for the task at hand.
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