There is much more to our eye care than reading the letters of off an eye exam board from time to time. From “blurry” computer vision (story of my life…) to avoiding macular degeneration, our delicate eyes are some of our most valuable organs but are often neglected when it comes to our health checklist. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can keep your eyes in tip-top shape.
Here are 8 easy ways you can be proactive about your healthy eyesight:
- Your Eyes get Thirsty Too: That sappy movie does more than use up an entire box of tissues. Hydrated eyes are happy eyes. Bring on the Time Traveler’s Wife and Marley and Me…on different occasions of course because no one can handle both in one night! Or, invest in some saline solution that can help lubricate your eyes when a tear-fest is not in order.
- Veggies that Impact your Peepers: Veg up on more than just carrots for your eye health. Vegetables with lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of potent antioxidants that help to prevent macular degeneration, can help ward off eye problems. Nosh on leafy greens like spinach, kale or Brussels sprouts.
- SPF for your Eyes: Squint much? Sunglasses prevent the dreaded crow’s feet and provide you with protection from UV light. A lifetime of UV light exposure can contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration. Think of your sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes. Pull out those awesome aviators rain or shine!
- Give them a Break: I know, your eyes rest when you sleep, but staring at the screen all day can put a major strain on your eyes. Implement the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Your eyes should feel much better at the end of your work day if you train yourself of this habit. Every time your computer is being a slug, try it out! (By the way do you all remember the old Kit-Kat commercial? Can’t get it out of my head now so I thought I would pass the jingle into your minds. You love me, right?).
- Promote Good Vision with Fruit: Nutrient-dense fruit like avocados, apricots, persimmons and blueberries do wonders for your eyes. Apricots and persimmons are rich in beta carotene while blueberries are associated with reducing eye fatigue. Avocados are high in lutein more than any other commonly used fruit so eating all that guacamole has its perks!
- Up your Omega-3s: Getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from fish and flax can help prevent dry eyes and assists in overall eye health. Bring fish into your diet on a weekly basis, add flaxseed to your meals or eat some walnuts!
- Pamper for Healthy Eyes: Cucumber eyes are so in. If I could make a pair of trendy, stay-cold-all-day glasses I swear I would. Save the last of your cucumber, cut it into thin slices and lay them on your eyes for 15 minutes. Napping is encouraged…of course this is for the benefit of resting your eyes, but it is also about taking advantage of me-time.
- Regular Check-Ups: When it comes to doctor’s appointments, your eye check-up is likely last on your list. When was the last time you had an eye exam? You can eat all the right eye health foods and wear your sunglasses even in the shade, but frequent check-ups are important for preventative care.
Treat your eyes right and they may help you see clearly longer! Color your plate for healthy eyes with this recipe for better vision: easy salmon cakes with a side of spinach.
Is eye health at the top of your health to-do list? What do you do at home for healthy eyes? Share below!