Your eyes play a significant role in your health and many people just don’t realise how important. There are many steps can be taken to ensure that your eyes are protected and remain as healthy as possible. At Shen Therapies have selected the best vision-boosting tips to help you protect your eyes into your later life
Many of us might not realise the fact that as we age, our eyesight will deteriorate. It is something we all must get used to at some stage in our life. But could we improve our vision, protect our sight, and prevent many of the diseases that compromise the health of our eyes?
Well, the answer is yes and we are going to show you how
1.Go for regular eye exams
The best thing you can do to look after your sight is to go for regular eye tests with a trained eye specialist who can detect early signs of problems.
Although your vision may appear to be healthy, there is no way to be 100 percent certain unless a trained professional observes your eyes.
Not only does an eye test determine whether or not you need glasses, but it can also spot eye conditions that can be treated effectively if detected early enough.
2.Eat vision-healthy foods
It is possible to eat your way to healthy vision. You often hear that eating carrots benefits the eyes, but there are plenty of other foods that are important for good eyesight, too.
Eating grapes has been tied to a lower risk of AMD.
Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been shown to promote eye health. Dark leafy greens, in particular — including collard greens, kale, and spinach — contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that help to prevent the formation of cataracts.
Evidence demonstrates that grapes and blue berries may also support healthy eyes. In a laboratory model of retinal degeneration, scientists showed that a diet enriched with grapes and blue berries protected the retina against the damaging effects of oxidative stress.
Other research indicated that grapes and blue berries provide higher levels of antioxidant protection for eyes than lutein alone and may slow or help to prevent AMD.
Studies have found that there are eye health benefits from consuming fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, halibut, mackerel, sardines, and tuna.
Omega-3 fatty acids may improve ocular surface inflammation and symptoms of ocular irritation that are associated with moderate to severe dry eye. They may also help vision cells to survive future disease or injury.
A great way to ensure you get enough omega 3 oils is to use high potency omega 3 supplements like the ones we use at Shen Therapies. We also have natural medicine formulas to help with healthy eye sight
3.Keep your weight under control
Being overweight or obese, not only puts you at risk of heart disease and a shorter lifespan, but it also puts you at a higher risk of developing conditions such as diabetes or other inflammatory disease states, which may eventually lead, deterioration of eye sight, or loss of vision.
Maintain a healthy weight to avoid obesity-related eye conditions.
It is never too late to get your weight under control by eating a healthful low inflammatory, low GI diet and exercising regularly to prevent vision complications.
Research conducted by the University of Melbourne in Australia and Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom discovered that considerable weight loss could potentially reverse eye damage caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Another study recently presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, held in New Orleans, LA, reported that individuals who are physically active have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma than more sedentary individuals. This finding highlights the importance of leading an active lifestyle.
If you need help with losing weight and knowing what a healthy diet is, then you can book in for a weight loss consult. Have a look at our recent posts on our microbiome restore program too.
4.Wear sunglasses when outside
Sunglasses are often looked at as a fashion accessory, but the most important role of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun.
A report by the Vision Council in 2016 revealed that only 31 percent of people protect their eyes with sunglasses when they go outside.
When selecting sunglasses always look for shades that block 99–100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation and always buy from a reputable sunglass specialist outlet.
Whether you are heading to the beach, surfing some waves, hiking up a mountain, or just out in the sun with your friends and family, be sure to protect your eyes and wear the appropriate sunglasses.
5.Rest your eyes regularly
People who work at a computer screen all day often forget to blink often and end up with fatigued eyes by the end of the day. The National Eye Institute suggest implementing a 20-20-20 rule.
For every 20 minutes that you spend staring at a screen, look at something else that is around 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds to reduce eye strain.
Recent research, published in the Journal of Opthalmology, has shown that half of the world will be short-sighted by 2050 if we continue with the current trend of spending so much time on near-based electronic devices such as computers, Ipads and mobile phones. The study also suggests that spending more time outdoors and less time doing activities that require constant up-close focusing could be a strategy that may help to reduce the number of people who experience vision loss.
If you need to wear protective eyewear or glasses as part of your job, get into the habit of wearing the appropriate gear at all times to keep your eyes in tip-top shape and prevent damage or eye strain.
6.Protect your eyes
If you are mowing the lawn, or trimming the edges, or using power tools etc, please don’t forget to protect your eyes with the appropriate safety glasses. You need to protect your eyes at all time. If you need to wear protective eyewear or glasses as part of your job, get into the habit of wearing the appropriate gear at all times to keep your eyes in tip-top shape and prevent damage or eye strain.
7.Herbal Medicines & Supplements
There are specific herbal medicine formulas and supplements that can also help with improving your vision and helping with eye health. Acupuncture has also been shown to help with eye health, help with dry eyes and help with preventing degeneration. If you would like to know more, please give our clinic a call.