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Spring is right around the corner! We focus a lot on trying to whip our bodies into shape, but what about your eyes?
Here are some things you can do to get your eyes in better shape…
Certain foods help prevent serious chronic diseases. Are there foods for healthy eyes? Absolutely! Those that contain vitamins C and E, lutein, zinc, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids all contribute to eye health, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA).
Lutein is hard to come by in food. One of the best sources of Lutein is egg yolks.
Prevent it: Eat these foods, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends:
Kale: Its vitamin A helps protect eye tissues from sunlight damage
Sweet potatoes: It’s a source of beta carotene, which may slow the progress of macular degeneration
Strawberries: The fruit contains vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps reduce risk of cataracts
Salmon: The fatty fish’s omega-3 fatty acids improve dry eyes
Green tea: The beverage has antioxidants, which help lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
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We’re starting to see more sunlight!
Wear your sunglasses
Sun lovers beware: Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) and other radiation can cause cataracts and other eye diseases, according to the AOA. UV-B radiation is more damaging to eyes because it’s absorbed by your cornea and lens. But it usually won’t hurt your cornea, the protective outer layer of your eye. Sunlight contains much more UV-A, which penetrates deeper into the eye and may cause injury. Kids need UV protection more than adults because they often spend more time outdoors. Prevent it: Choose the right sunglasses. Wear a pair that blocks 100% of UV rays. Close-fitted or wraparound glasses with large lenses protect your eyes the best, the AOA says. Other tips:
Don’t trust claims that sunglasses “block harmful UV,” but don’t reveal by how much.
Use only lenses that absorb 99% to 100% of both UV-A and UV-B.
Wear sunglasses even if you use contact lenses and your eyes are dark-colored.
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Look away from your computer
Most of us have spent hours an hours indoors looking at our computers an devices. That’s a lot of eye strain! plus its bad for your posture, all that looking down.
Sitting in front of a computer for hours can cause eye strain, according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms include sore, tired or burning eyes; dry eyes; blurred vision; headache; and shoulder pain. You can avoid these problems.
Prevent it: Employ the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer screen at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, Mayo Clinic recommends.
Take a 3-minute break from computer work – make a phone call or do filing – every 15 to 30 minutes.
Stand up, move around and close your eyes for a few moments.
Blink often to refresh your eyes and avoid dry-eye symptoms, such as itchiness and burning.
Use preservative-free artificial tears to lubricate your eyes.
For your posture –
Stand up and stretch
Practice good posture a few minutes every hour. Align your shoulders with your tail bone. Pull your shoulders back and straighten your head.
Take care of those beautiful eyes!
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