7 ways to show your eyes some love
- Posted on: Feb 15 2022
Our eyes speak the language of love, but how much love are we showing our eyes? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the season of love, here are some quick tips for showing your eyes some much-deserved love.
1. Eat better.
One of the best things we can do for our eyes and our overall health is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This consists of eating a well-balanced diet, with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and limiting consuming of sugary foods. A well-balanced diet also helps stave off the extra pounds and can control conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which are common causes of eye problems and vision loss.
2. Exercise more.
Exercise is key to good overall health and can prevent or control medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Cardiovascular exercise in particular has been shown to lower intraocular pressure and increase blood flow to the optic nerve and retina.
3. Don’t smoke.
If you smoke, it’s important that you quit, not only for eye health but for overall health. Smoking has been linked to a number of diseases and conditions and is linked to eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
4. Drink lots of water.
Drinking plenty of water is important to eye health and overall health. Dehydration can cause a number of health problems. Aim for at least eight glasses of water each day. Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soda do not count as they are dehydrating.
5. Wear protective eyewear.
If you plan to be out in the sun, be sure to wear some shades. And not just any shades – look for a pair of sunglasses that protect 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you are working around dangerous equipment or materials, consider wearing protective safety goggles that can reduce your risk of injury to the eyes.
6. Give your eyes a break.
Screen time is unavoidable these days, so you need to take regular breaks from the screens of your smart phone, laptop, desktop computer and televisions to help you avoid eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eye and neck and shoulder pain.
7. Get regular eye exams.
Comprehensive exams are key to maintaining your eye health. Your eye doctor will go over your family history and medical history to understand your risk factors. Tests will be done during this exam that can reveal any eye conditions or diseases you may not be aware you have. To schedule an eye exam, please call 425-259-2020.
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