Where would you be without your vision? It’s a question you probably haven’t given much thought, but if your eyesight is compromised, you’ll realize how much you take it for granted. That said, proper eye care is essential. Check out these tips to make sure your vision stays ship shape.
- Watch your diet. What you put into your body doesn’t just affect your body but your eyes, as well. To ward off vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts, eat more foods that are rich in vitamins C and E, as well as those high in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. These include leafy, green veggies; berries and citrus; eggs, nuts and beans; and cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna.
- Don’t smoke.Smoking wreaks havoc on your eyes by upping your risk of nerve damage, macular degeneration, and cataracts. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about a cessation program that may be right for you. Your body and your eyes will thank you.
- Remembers your sunglasses.The harmful UV rays the sun puts off aren’t just a summer thing. You’re just as prone to eye damage caused by the sun any time of year. That’s why it’s important to wear good quality sunglasses at all times when you’re outdoors. Look for a pair that blocks at least 99% of both UVA and UVB rays, and if you can find glasses that wraps around the sides of your eyes, all the better.
- Be safe during sports. Wearing protective eyewear when playing sports is key to protecting your eyes, especially when it’s hockey, lacrosse, and racquetball. Working in hazardous conditions also warrants protective eyewear to reduce the risk of eye injuries.
- Give it a rest.Eye strain is a real problem that can lead to headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. You can help keep these conditions at bay by implementing the 20-20-20 technique, during which you stop every 20 minutes and look 20 feet ahead for at least 20 seconds. Do this periodically throughout the day to give your eyes a little rest.
To make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your eyes healthy, or to learn more about receiving treatment for glaucoma, cataracts or LASIK in Chicago, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sondheimer online or by calling: 847-677-2794