Maintaining Healthy Vision

Do you stay up late, eat a lot of fast food, or bake yourself in the sun? If so, you may be inadvertently rushing the ageing process—and the delicate skin around your eyes is the telltale sign!  Below are some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy and young-looking inside and out:

Be Gentle

Rubbing your eyes can cause the blood vessels beneath the skin to rupture. The result is puffy or droopy eyelids, dark circles and crow’s feet.  While Botox injections and cosmetic surgery can correct the damage, it’s less expensive and easier to simply prevent premature wrinkles and puffiness.View from reading eyeglasses on beautiful nature view

Wear Your Shades

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photo keratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays whenever you’re outdoors — even on overcast days!

Smoking

Smoking is bad idea for virtually every part of your body.  Studies have linked smoking to ocular diseases including cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye Syndrome, inflammation, and Diabetic Retinopathy. Moreover, cigarette smokers are nearly five times as likely to experience permanent blindness, than non-smokers are. If you haven’t already, quit smoking now.

Eat Your Vegetables

Too much fast food and not enough leafy greens can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affect the overall health of your eyes. Including kale, spinach, colorful fruit and fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon in your diet can do your eyes and the rest of your body a lot of good.  Coupled with reasonable exercise and a healthy diet as described above, you and your eyes can stay both healthy and young looking!

Catch Some Z’s

They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing. Getting plenty of sleep is crucial in helping to slow the ageing process.  Staying up too late can result in puffiness and dark circles below the eyes, annoying eyelid twitching, blurred vision and Dry Eye Syndrome. Nobody likes to see bloodshot eyes staring back at him or her in the mirror, so hit the sack early bright eyes!

Drink Water

You’ve heard it before, but drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day can make all the difference where your eyes are concerned. Without a sufficient water intake, your eyes may be unable to produce adequate tears, leaving you with dry, puffy, red eyes.

To learn more about how proper nutrition can help maintain eye health, click here!

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