Have you ever wondered what you could do to prevent an eye disease that is common in your family? Some conditions are genetic in nature, but there are some lifestyle alterations we can make to improve overall eye health. The following are some recommendations on how a holistic approach to self-care can also benefit the eyes.
Exercise can go a long way to keep our eyes healthy. Beyond preventing common whole-body diseases like heart disease and diabetes, which can cause permanent vision changes, regular exercise can also decrease your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. So let’s get up and get moving!
How much time do you spend outdoors? If the answer is very little, then it might be time to think about adding some outdoor activities to your daily schedule. We recommend at least 30 minutes of outdoor activity daily. For kids, this amount can help prevent nearsightedness, and for adults, it can help prevent age-related macular degeneration. Remember to always wear UV protection!
There are nutritional modifications you can make to promote your eye health. A diet rich in dark green, leafy vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and cold-water fish can go a long way to help keep your eyes seeing and feeling their best.
Lack of sleep can be the cause of that annoying eye twitch, puffiness and dark circles around your eyes, and even gritty, dry, red eyes. Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep nightly to keep your eyes feeling and seeing their best.
If you have specific questions about a holistic approach to preventing eye disease, contact our office for an individualized eye health plan!