Eat For Good Vision

Maintaining your eye health begins with eating healthy foods and a well-balanced diet. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E might help ward off many age-related vision problems such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts, studies show. Regularly eating these foods can help to lead to good eye health:

  • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards
  • Salmon, tuna and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts such as almonds, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits and juices
  • Oysters and pork

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses that have UV protection will protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration. Be sure when you are selecting your sunwear that you choose ones that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side and polarized lenses reduce glare from driving and water reflection.


Quit smoking

Smoking harms your vision in many ways and can lead to eye conditions and disease. People who smoke double their chance of forming cataracts, can have a three-fold increase in AMD risk compared to people who have never smoked and are nearly twice as likely to have dry eyes. There are many other ways that smoking can negatively impact your eyes. It’s never too late.  Quitting smoking at any age can reduce your risk for many sight-threatening eye conditions.

20-20-20 Rule

Staring at a computer too long can cause:

  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble focusing at a distance
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain

Watch for tips to prevent eye problems when spending time on a computer.


Use Safety Eyewear

If you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time. Certain sports can lead to eye injury such as softball, racquetball, and ice hockey. You should wear sports goggles to protect your eyes when playing sports such as these. Every year thousands of people receive eye injuries that can easily be prevented with safety eyewear!

Have Annual Eye Exams

Maintain your eye health by seeing your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor annually.

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