The Right Way to Take Care of Your Eyes

The Right Way to Take Care of Your Eyes

Get an inside look at the foods and practices that really keep our eyes healthy.

The human eye is like your own personal camera, capturing all of life's moments. Unfortunately, real cameras often get treated better. Proper eye care is essential to living a healthy, active life. But it is especially important for women because they are more susceptible to macular degeneration and cataracts. You're stuck with the eyes you've got — whether you wear glasses or contacts, or don't need any assistance at all — so it's vitally important that good eye care becomes as routine as brushing your teeth.

There are several steps you need to take in order to keep your eyes in tip-top shape. Some of the steps are daily, while others are yearly. These steps include:


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  • Consume fruits, vegetables and nuts that have a high concentration of vitamin C (e.g., oranges, red bell peppers), vitamin E (e.g., wheat germ, almonds) and vitamin A (e.g., sweet potatoes, carrots). While they won't do it alone, these antioxidants can help reduce your chances of macular degeneration, cataracts and night blindness. Additionally, try to eat foods containing zinc (e.g., baked beans, fruit yogurt) and selenium (e.g., tuna, spaghetti) to help your body absorb the vitamins.

  • Exercise regularly. By routinely exercising, you increase circulation and blood flow throughout your body, including your eyes. This will help keep your eyes functioning at their peak level, as well as reduce the chances of eyestrain.

  • Visit an eye care professional if you experience any of the common warning signs of eye disease. These signs include, but are not limited to: consistent eye pain, drainage, double vision, loss of peripheral vision or difficulty watching TV or reading. Seeing flashing lights, halos, increased glare or floating matter are also telltale signs.

  • Schedule a comprehensive eye examination, and then make it a yearly tradition even if you have no history of eye problems.
  • If you have diabetes or any autoimmune disease, be especially vigilant about getting an annual eye checkup. Consider biannual exams if you have a family history of eye problems.

It's easy to take your eyes for granted. Take the right precautions today so you can keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime.

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