If you’re like most people, you participate in numerous daily activities that cause eye strain. If you work on a computer, do a lot of driving, read in low light, spend a great deal of time in the sun, participate in computer gaming, or simply watch TV, you may be taxing your eyes.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep your eyes comfortable and preserve your ocular health. Here are five tips for ensuring healthy and strong eyes.
1. Wear Sunglasses
You probably already wear sunglasses for visual comfort outdoors (or as a fashion accessory). However, did you pay attention to your sunglasses’ UVA and UVB protection? Look for sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you spend a great deal of time outside in the sun – and especially near the water – invest in polarized lenses. These lenses significantly reduce glare, making driving and boating safer and easier.
2. Get the Right Nutritional Support
Eating a diet rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and lutein and zeaxanthin help maintain and even enhance eye health. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has been found to reduce the risk of cataract development and age-related macular degeneration. Vitamin E helps to prevent the eyes’ cellular structure from free radical damage.
Foods rich in the above nutrients include leafy green vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach), citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, beans, and whole grains. Not only will a nutrient-rich diet help stave off ocular degeneration, but by maintaining a healthy weight, you will significantly reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of adult blindness.
3. Move Your Desk Away From the Window
If you have a large office window with a great city view, you may be putting significant strain on your eyes if your desk faces it. Although you probably enjoy the perks of looking out of the window as you work, enduring the glare from a window in addition to the glare from a computer monitor can be highly damaging to your long-term vision. If you can’t move your desk, consider wearing 100 percent UVA and UVB protecting glasses, or installing ultraviolet-blocking window film.
4. Quit Smoking
There aren’t any good reasons to keep smoking, but now you have another great reason to quit – smoking accelerates macular degeneration.
5. Have Regular Eye Exams
Eye examinations aren’t just for people who think they need glasses – they’re for anyone who wants to ensure optimal eye health. Not only will a routine eye exam alert you to potentially serious eye conditions, they can detect medical concerns before physical symptoms develop.
OptiExpress: Cape Coral’s Go-To Optometry Resource
At OptiExpress, we not only offer patients treatment options when they have concerns about their eyesight, we also provide holistic advice and education on eye care, helping members of the Cape Coral community preserve their vision and their health. If you would like to schedule an eye exam, please visit our contact page to find the OptiExpress location nearest you.