“The eyes are the window to the soul” and they are also the window to the world. Everything we do is aided and affected in some way by our vision. How can we make sure to keep our eyes healthy and last a lifetime?
Maintaining good habits, eating a balanced diet and staying properly hydrated are a few solutions that can help support your eye health and vision. Nutrients and vitamins like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein and vitamins C and E are encouraged to help support optic health. Some mentioned have been known to even reduce your risk of early stage cataract development and macular degeneration. Eye Vitamins are also available to help supplement anything lacking in your diet.
Smoking can increase your risk of optic nerve damage and other eye related conditions. Protecting your eyes can be another incentive to quitting this addictive habit.
If focusing on something closeup, it is helpful to give your eyes a rest. The current recommendation is to focus on something in the distance every 20 minutes. If you look at something approximately 20 feet away for about 20 seconds this gives your eyes the break they need.
One of the most important ways to support and maintain overall eye health is to enlist the help of a professional. A licensed ophthalmologist will examine your eyes, perform dilated testing and take images. This will help form a history of your optic health and ensure any sign of deterioration and disease is monitored and treated. To schedule your eye exam, contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today!