Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes change as we grow older and it’s natural even for people with perfect vision to experience some kind of eyesight deterioration as they reach middle age. Most patients who have worn glasses or contacts since childhood also find that their lense prescriptions get slightly stronger each time they visit their optometrist for a checkup.
What you might not know, is that there are several natural ways to maintain and even improve eyesight whether you wear prescription lenses or not. We’ve put together a checklist of tips and tricks to keep your vision sharp and improve the health of your eyes, including supplements like Parker Naturals Optimal Eye Health which has been specially formulated to give your eyes all the support they need to stay healthy, longer.
1. Regular Eye Exams
While people with impaired vision have to visit the optometrist regularly for new glasses and contact lens prescriptions, if your vision is 20/20, the eye doctor may not be on the top of your priority list. However, it’s important to visit the eye doctor as part of your regular checkup routine about once every two years. You may not even realise that you’re not seeing as clearly as you could with a prescription and there are also several diseases that have no real warning signs such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Your eye doctor will give you a dilated eye exam that can catch these problems in their early stages and make sure that you’re eyes are in tip-top shape.
2. Nutrition and Supplements
It turns out your mother was right, not only are carrots good for your eyes, so are leafy green vegetables and seafood. Studies have shown that the antioxidants and vitamins found in dark greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens may reduce the risk of cataracts. Diets high in the Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and tuna could also reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration. Based on these and other nutritional studies, many eye doctors also recommend supplementing a healthy diet with a daily multivitamin that has been specially formulated to make sure your eyes are getting all the nutritional support they need. Try a once-daily supplement like Parker Naturals Optimal Eye Health which not only contains vitamin E, but also powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C and Lutein “the eye vitamin” to help maintain and improve good eyesight.
3. Eye Strain
Living in a modern world requires most of us to spend several hours a day staring at a computer screen. This puts strain and stress on eyes and can cause headaches, blurred vision and many other issues including computer vision syndrome. If you spend a lot of time staring at a screen, a good rule of thumb is to follow the simple 20-20-20 rule as recommended by the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Look away from the screen every 20 minutes, give your eyes a break for 20 seconds and focus on an object about 20 feet away. This simple exercise takes just a few seconds and may reduce eye strain and other computer-related eye issues.
Not only will the right pair of sunglasses boost your street cred, they also protect your eyes from strong ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunglasses have been shown to prevent many eye-related problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. They also protect the delicate skin around your eye to prevent wrinkles and the sun damage that can cause skin cancer. Look for 99-100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
5. Quit Smoking
That’s right. Not only is smoking bad for your lungs and your overall health and fitness, according to the department of health it can also cause vision loss. Smoking has been directly linked to diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and Dry Eye Syndrome. If you need help kicking the habit there are many free online resources, apps and support groups such as the National Cancer Institute and Smokefree.gov that can help you leave your cigarette habit behind for good. Your eyes will thank you.
So, whether you reach for your glasses first thing every morning or your eyesight is 20/20, make sure you book checkups with your eye doctor, follow the 20-20-20 rule and invest in a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Don’t forget to add Parker Naturals Optimal Eye Health supplement to your daily routine for all the added support your eyes need to stay healthy and sharp for a lifetime.
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