When it comes to optimizing for long-term eye health, you may want to pay attention to these lifestyle tools:
Eat for your eyes
Did you know that several nutrients support eye health? These vitamins and minerals include: Vitamins A, C, and E, and zinc. All of these are rich antioxidants which promote eye health and prevent eye conditions.
You can find these nutrients in foods like:
- Red peppers
- Leafy greens
- Sweet potato
Research has also found that omega 3’s – particularly DHA – found in salmon, sardines and herring, can help preserve long-term eye health. To further support eye-health with food choices, eat egg yolk, zucchini and brussels sprouts – which contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Increased levels of both are linked to better vision.
Exercise for eye health
Research has also shown that exercise can help prevent eye conditions. It also supports blood vessel health and promotes blood flow, both crucial to eye health.
Those who have type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for eye conditions, due to blood vessel damage. Exercise is especially useful as a preventative tool for these individuals.
Optimize your overall health for eye health
There are several conditions that impact your vision, including high blood pressure, autoimmune conditions, and liver disease. Staying on top of your health by regularly testing and properly managing or preventing any health conditions can preserve eye health.
Additionally, chronic inflammation can impair vision. Reduce inflammation with these tips: 17 Ways To Tame Inflammation.
Did you know that wearing sunglasses is one of the most impactful ways to promote long-term eye health? Sunglasses help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and vision loss. Look for shades that are able to block 99%+ of UVA/UVB rays.
Curious about a few more lifestyle tools to care for your eyes? Avoid cigarettes, give your eyes a break after staring at the computer screen, and make sure your hands are well-washed before touching your eyes.