Keep your eyes healthy and strong
Preventive Eye Care
Keeping your eyes healthy is of prime importance for anyone’s health. A key part of this is regular eye exams to ensure you can see well without eye strain and to detect the beginnings of any eye disease or problems.
However, there are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy, such as specific nutrition and supplements to strengthen your eye’s internal organs and sunglasses to protect against UV damage. Dr. O’Donnell can recommend measures for you to take to keep your eyes healthy or to prevent progression of an eye problem.
One of Dr. O’Donnell’s favorite methods of keeping his patients’ eyes healthy and strong is to educate them on good eye health. Read on for an article written by Dr. O’Donnell on keeping your eyes healthy and strong.
Tips for keeping your eyes healthy and strong by Dr. Brian O’Donnell
For some time it was always thought that vision problems, such as cataracts, were an unfortunate side effect of aging. Now there are some proactive changes you can make in lifestyle that can help prevent or at least slow down the changes.
It is no secret that healthy lifestyles are beneficial to the whole body, not just the eyes. Nutrients are best gotten from proper and balanced nutrition including fruits, fish, vegetables and nuts all of which aid in preventing or fighting macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that could cause vision loss.
The importance of antioxidants
The air we breathe and the light that passes through the eye eventually turn to oxygen particles known as oxidants. Oxidants can be damaging, particularly to the eyes.
Most likely you have heard of antioxidants. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, lutein and zinc can help. Antioxidants are excellent in defense against developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Patients with good levels of antioxidants have a much lower risk of vision problems in later years.
Doctor recommendations for good eye health
It is vital to speak with your physician, eye doctor and a nutritionist about appropriate dietary changes. Still, some common recommendations for good eye health are:
- Wear good quality sunglasses when in the sun to protect against damaging ultraviolet rays.
Your diet must include fruits, vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables), fish and nuts.
Green leafy vegetables and fruits contain something called phytonutrients. Lutein is the phytonutrient in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach that helps prevent vision loss. Fish such as salmon contain Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are unsaturated fatty acids. Fish have oils such as DHA, which has been shown to have obvious eye and health benefits!
- Get a thorough, dilated, eye examination. Prevention should include being evaluated yearly because diseases can develop over time. Just because your eye health or overall health is excellent, one year does not mean some subtle changes cannot occur in the next.
Get the most out of life by taking care of the only body you’ve got!