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What Are You Doing for Your Eye Health?

by Deah on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:33 AM

My husband has been experiencing a lot of issues with his vision lately. He has undergone work to save his eyesight in his left eye, including injections directly into the eye. Ouch! My father has been legally blind for some years now due to the same type of eye disease. The quality of life without his vision is depressing for him.

So, I wanted to know what I could do to help with my vision. Many believe that failing eyesight is an inevitable part of aging. Researchers state that eye related illnesses are on the rise too. However, a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of eye related health issues. Of course! I knew that the proper nutritional diet was going to be very important. I found that extensive research shows a very strong connection between food and protecting our vision. It is very important to consume the proper vision-protecting nutrients, such as a diet high in fruits and vegetables, but also low in saturated fats and sugar.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that our eyes rely on tiny arteries for the oxygen and nutrients necessary for good eye health to reach the eye much the same way as the heart relies on much larger arteries. In this article they specifically mention four foods that should be included in your diet.

  • Leafy Green Vegetables (high in lutein and zeaxanthin) such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, collards and turnip greens. Eggs are also a good source of these nutrients, as are broccoli, peas and corn.
  • Omega-3 fatty acid from fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and halibut.
  • Fruits like oranges and all their citrus cousins such as grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons — are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that is critical to eye health. Lots of other foods offer benefits similar to oranges, including peaches, red peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.
  • Legumes of all kinds, including black-eyed peas, kidney beans, lima beans, and peanuts contain zinc, an essential trace mineral that is found in high concentration in the eyes. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light. Other foods high in zinc include oysters, lean red meat, poultry and fortified cereals.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) also states that there are lots of other great food choices to help keep our eyes healthy. Among them, the one most people think of first: carrots. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, a nutrient that helps with night vision, as are other orange-colored fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, apricots and cantaloupe. Making them a part of a colorful diet can help you keep your eyes healthy.

In a separate AAO article they list seven sight saving habits for older adults. 

  • Get an Eye Exam. Regular eye exams are crucial in detecting changes in vision, which may be a symptom of a treatable eye disease or condition.
  • Know the symptoms of Vision Loss. Signs of vision loss may become apparent as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car and/or recognizing faces become more difficult. Vision loss that may be noticed by friends and family include missing, bumping into or knocking over objects, stepping hesitantly, and squinting or tilting the head when trying to focus.
  • Make Eye-healthy Food Choices. A diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains benefits the entire body, including the eyes. Studies show that foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin are good for eye health. These nutrients are linked to lower risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and dry eye later in life. Eye-healthy food choices include citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and cold water fish.
  • Quit Smoking. Avoiding smoking and second hand smoke. Smoking increases risk for eye diseases like cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke, also worsens dry eye.
  • Maintain normal blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. High blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose (sugar) levels all increase the risk of vision loss from an eye disease. Keeping these under control will not only help one's eyes but also overall health.
  • Get Regular Physical Activity. Not only does 30 minutes of exercise a day benefit one's heart, waistline and energy level, it can also do the eyes a world of good! Many eye diseases are linked to other health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
  • Wear Sunglasses. Exposure to ultra violet (UV) light raises the risks of eye diseases, including cataract, growths on the eye and cancer. Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection, and a hat while enjoying time outdoors.
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Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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