Our eyes are a crucial part of how we experience the world, and it can be devastating if something happens to them. Whether our eyesight starts to deteriorate, we develop astigmatism, or face an illness or an injury that causes us to go blind, our whole life can feel like it has been turned upside down. Of course, as with everything, there is no sure-fire way to prevent life-changing issues from happening to us, but there are ways in which we can take helpful steps to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our eyes protected.
This piece will discuss how you can take care of your eyes, so they can take care of you!
Have A Nutritionally Rich Diet
Our bodies use up everything they can from the food we give it. Providing our bodies with junk food with little to no nutritional value can cause more harm than not, whereas making sure our bodies have access to a wide range of vitamins and minerals can allow our body to take care of itself properly. Different parts of the body need different vitamins and minerals, so make sure your diet is rich in the following (as an example) if you want to take care of your eyes.
- Sweet potatoes
- Leafy green veg
- Seeds and nuts
Each of these foods are either rich in omega 3 – fatty acids, which are vital for optical health, along with skin and the heart, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and/or Beta Carotene.
These are just a few essential nutrients that will help keep your eyes healthy – along with your body!
Go to the Opticians
If you want to keep your eyes in good shape, going to the opticians is non-negotiable. They are the first port of call when helping you to maintain your eye health, as they are able to see everything that you will not be able to just by looking in the mirror. Opticians can check the back of your eye, your blood vessels, the surface of the eye, and also help you with decisions such as glazed glasses or UV contact lenses to give your eyes any extra protection they might need, depending on your lifestyle.
They can also even catch some diseases early, which could significantly affect a prognosis!
Make Sure You Rest Your Eyes
If you have a job that is focused on being on the computer for hours at a time, or perhaps you have hobbies that can mean a lot of screen exposure, it is vital that you allow your eyes to rest regularly. Eye strain can cause headaches, reduce your ability to concentrate on whatever it is you are doing and can make you feel very tired. It is important to make sure you look away from the screen regularly and into the distance, so your eyes have a chance to rest! Going outside can also help prevent near-sightedness, which gives you just another reason to get out on your lunch break.