How does Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Affect Your Eye Health?

How does Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Affect Your Eye Health?

The Vital Role of Healthy Habits in Preserving Eye Health as We Age - Rita Hurry

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly benefit eye health. This is why adopting healthy habits, especially as we grow older is essential, as ageing does affect the health of our eyes.

Here's how it helps:

1. Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. implementing positive changes to your diet daily will benefit you greatly and prevent long term eye problems.

2. Weight Management: Obesity or being overweight can increase the risk of developing conditions like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can reduce these risks.

3. Regular Exercise: Physical activity can improve blood circulation, which benefits the eyes by ensuring a steady flow of oxygen and nutrients to the eyes and reducing the risk of eye diseases. It oxygenates the blood cells in the body and helps the blood to flow better to the essential parts needing oxygen to work better for you. Regular exercise can include walking as well as working out on a regular basis. If you are not in the habit of exercising regularly, I would advise to make this a priority in life, as it not only helps with eye health and physical health, but also helps mindset, which is essential for every day living productively.

4. Eye Protection: Wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) rays can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration caused by UV exposure. Safety eyewear should be used during activities that pose a risk of eye injury. This is very important. There are a high number of people, who feel uncomfortable wearing sunglasses. They see it as a fashion statement and wanting to stand out. This is not the case. It is protection for your eyes. Your eyes can get sun damage. The longer you go without wearing sunglasses, the more you are damaging the back of your eyes, which will have serious consequences on your eyes in the future. To avoid this simply well sunglasses.

5. Proper Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential for eye health. Dehydration can lead to dry eyes and discomfort, so drinking enough water is crucial.

6. Adequate Sleep: Lack of sleep can strain the eyes, leading to issues like dry eyes, eye twitching, and blurred vision. Proper rest allows the eyes to recover and reduces eye strain. 7 - 8 hours of sleep daily is important and stay away from looking at your devices at night.

7. Regular Eye Exams: Getting regular comprehensive eye exams can help detect issues early on, allowing for timely treatment and preventing further damage to vision. Some eye examinations offer a more in-depth exam that includes testing and checking the back of the eyes for any damage as well as the risk of cataract and glaucoma, which is very common as you grow older. I would advise you to take this examination if it is offered to you to check every couple of years.

8. Avoiding Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and damage to the optic nerve. Quitting or avoiding smoking altogether is beneficial for eye health.

9. Taking Breaks from Screens: Staring at screens for extended periods can cause digital eye strain. Implementing the 20-20-20 rule (taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away) can help reduce eye strain.

10. Proper Contact Lens Care: If you wear contact lenses, following proper hygiene and care instructions is crucial to prevent eye infections and complications. Before handling your contact lenses wash your hands thoroughly each time.

Overall, a healthy lifestyle supports not just general well-being but also plays a significant role in preserving and enhancing eye health. It is easy to take your eyes for granted and can easily get over-looked. But to live a happy healthy lifestyle fully...look after your eyes.

Rita Hurry

Rita is a certified Life Coach, Award-Winning Law Of Attraction Coach and Deepak Chopra certified Meditation Teacher.