So much of what we learn, experience, and enjoy comes to us through our eyes. Our eyes provide us with our unique and personal view of the world. When we are talking about healthy vision, we are really talking about the immediate, short, and long term care to protect and preserve our vision.
Healthy vision is a way of life. Eye health means wearing the correct prescription if corrective lenses or contacts are needed. It means knowing how to protect your eyes from glare, from the sun’s harmful UV rays, or from the hazards of extreme activities. Having healthy eyes means understanding how lifestyle, diet, and personal habits can affect the way you see today and into tomorrow.
Healthy Body. Healthy Habits. Healthy Eyes. Healthy Sight.
Some of the same healthy habits that protect your general health also promote healthy eyesight:
- Eating a balanced diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables
- Drinking water to hydrate your body and your eyes
- Not smoking, and avoiding long term smoke exposure
- Wearing ultraviolet (UV) protection
- Considering appropriate vitamin supplements
Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and carotenoids such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin have shown some promise in research studies at reducing the risk and progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).
Additional Eye Health Reminders
Research shows a surprising number of healthy vision habits go overlooked. You would be surprised how many of us admit to working in low or poor lighting conditions. Please be sure to utilize proper lighting when reading, working on the computer, or doing any task that requires concentration. The proper lighting will help tremendously.
Both glare and UV radiation can present visual hazards. Please take the time to understand how to minimize both with protective lenses or lens products that will reduce glare and block 100% of ultraviolet radiation.
Also remember to share any current medication prescription information with your eye doctor, as there may be unwanted visual side effects when mixing eye medicine with other prescriptions.
When committing to good overall health, also commit to healthy vision.