We've heard the manta, "You are what you eat." Did you know what you eat and drink can have a huge impact on you eye health as well?
We all know that keeping yourself hydrated is important for overall body health but did you know it also has a huge impact on your eyes? Not drinking enough H2O can cause dry eyes, eye strain, and even bags under your eyes! Fortunately there is an easy fix, increase your daily plain water intake while decreasing beverages which are natural diuretics, like coffee and tea. This simple change will not only help your eyes feel better, but you will feel more energized. Your whole body will thank you!
Do those over-the-counter supplements that claim to improve eye health really work? We have found a few of these to be extremely helpful, and regularly recommend them to certain patients. For example, AREDS 2 supplements have been shown to be helpful for diseases that affect the macula in the back of the eye, mainly Age-Related Macular Degeneration. While Omega 3 supplements are beneficial for those who suffer from certain types of Dry Eye Disease. The active ingredients in these supplements are typically from fish oils (EDP and DHA), but some do contain flax seed oil. As always, be sure to speak with your doctor before beginning any new supplements to verify that they will not adversely react with any other medications you are on.
Do carrots really help your vision? Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is a precursor of Vitamin A. Vitamin A absorbs light and converts it into the images we see. Deficiency of this vitamin can lead to night-blindness and can also cause severe drying of the front surface of the eye called Xerophthalmia. These conditions are rarely seen in America and other developed nations thanks to readily available sources of Vitamin A, such as eggs, leafy green vegetables, orange fruits and some cheese. However, in many under-developed countries deficiency is a major cause of blindness and even death. Fortunately, there are many programs aimed at providing supplementation in these countries. Check out our frame vendor, Article One, which was founded to raise awareness and funding for Vitamin A deficiency in developing nations. Just one way that partnering with us allows you to have a global reach!