If you are skipping your annual eye appointments, you might want to reconsider and “see” what your eyes are trying to tell you.
Our eyes are responsible for four-fifths of our brain’s information, so making sure they are healthy is imperative to our quality of life and brain function. Here are steps to invest in your eye health and see the future crystal clear.
Age is not the only factor that can impact eye health! Take the necessary steps to understand the illnesses that can affect your eyes. Below are examples of what can impact your eyes.
- Glaucoma impacts around 2.1 million Americans.
- Diabetic Retinopathy impacts 7.7 million Americans.
- Cataracts affect 24 million Americans.
Learn the necessary vitamins and minerals that your food needs! For example, your eyes require vitamins such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. Below are some foods backed with those nutrients.
- Leafy Greens
Protect your eyes at all costs and in all situations. For example, when you are outside, and you feel those squints coming as you try to look up at the sun, do not just disregard them but be prepared. Below are tips on protective eyewear and its utilization.
- Sunglasses: Just like sunscreen, you can wear sunglasses all year round! If you have worn glasses, consider transition lenses which will help with not remembering glasses.
- Protective Eye Wear: If you use heavy machinery or chemicals. The last thing you need is an emergency room visit.
- Blue Light Glasses: If you do not have blue light in your glasses! Blue light helps to protect your eyes against the rays from your computer, phone, and other electronic devices. In addition, those who work at the desk staring at the screen will save your vision for later in life.
Lastly, visit your doctors annually to stay up to date with eye exams and update your family history. Please utilize the HUED directory if you do not have an eye doctor or need a new one. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, so let’s make sure they are healthy.