5 natural lifestyle changes to care for your eyes - BVA Advanced Eye Care

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5 natural lifestyle changes to care for your eyes - BVA Advanced Eye Care

Reviewed By: Larry Henry, O.D., F.A.A.O. 

BVA Advanced Eye Care makes creating Better Vision Ahead their priority. Our eyes are very complex and need regular eye exams to ensure they are working to their full potential. Visiting your optometrist for annual eye exams, and following these 5 natural life style changes can keep your vision sharp and eyes healthy. 

1. Eat Right

A balanced, healthy diet can do so much for you. Eating right will help improve your mood, improve how you feel throughout the day, and your overall health. One aspect of the body that can change through healthy eating is your eyes! Betat-carotene, Lutein, Omega-3, Lycopene, and Vitamin C, A and, E  are some of the major factors of eye health. 

Many foods contain all these essential nutrients. Broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, eggs and nuts are just a few examples. Eating a healthy diet is more natural than taking a supplement. supplements may help and could be necessary, if you are lacking in a specific nutrient, however, please talk with your doctor to avoid health risk. 

Learn More: 5 Foods for Eye health

Along with food, drink water! Staying hydrated is key to protecting yourself from dry eyes and eye irritation. 

2. Sleep 

Life gets busy, and there never seems to be enough hours throughout the day. Over time people start trading an extra hour of sleep for an extra cup of coffee. However, sleep is essential for the body to recover, and your brain to function at full potential. Lack of sleep can cause problems with your eyes as well, including irritation, sore eyes, dry eyes, and sensitivity to light.

Sleep allows your eyes to rest, and rejuvenate itself with properties it needs to operate correctly. Most doctors recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep - depending on age this may vary.

3. Wear Sunglasses

The sun can cast harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause an increased risk of cataract and other eye problems. Wearing  sunglasses with 100% UV Ray protection will keep your eyes safe from the harmful rays. Wearing sunglasses is probably the easiest lifestyle change listed! I have two pairs of sunglasses; I leave one pair in the car and another pair in my bag.

Buying a pair of quality sunglasses are a great investment for protecting your eyes.

4. Take a Walk

Most people think of exercise when wanting to lose weight, or tone muscles. However, there are many great benefits from walking, such as maintaining healthy eyes! Studies have shown that exercising has reduced the risk of diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and wet age-related macular degeneration.

Also, exercise may help your eyes through the prevention of adult-onset diabetes. Diabetes can damage the eyes and cause diabetic retinopathy. Exercise has a positive effect on the prevention of diabetes.  

Try working out 3 times a week for 30 minutes; the amount of exercise may vary on your current fitness level and state of health.The simplest form of working out is taking a walk around the neighborhood. Or find a local gym that offers scheduled classes that best fit you!

5. Stop Smoking 

Smoking can cause many and major health problems; smoking increases the risk of many eye problems. Smokers have a greater risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Also, smoking during pregnancy, increases the of vision problems for the baby. 

However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology states once a person quits smoking their risk for some eye diseases may lower to the same level of a non-smoker.

This step may be the hardest lifestyle change, but quitting smoking can be a huge investment in your vision and overall health.

Learn More: How Smoking Harms Your Vision

Protecting Your Eyes

Your vision is apart of your everyday life, and your eyes are working from the moment you wake up till you go back to sleep. These steps may be a time commitment, or even a financial commitment but protecting your eyes is a great investment. Following the natural life style changes may help prevent or reduce the risk of some eye disease.

Overall, it is still very important to schedule a routine eye exam and speak with your doctor about your eye health. Here at BVA Advanced Eye Care we have 3 optometrists, and 3 ophthalmologists on staff to create better vision ahead. If you are in need of an eye doctor we are happy to help - you can contact us on through our website or give us a call at 1-888-323-3937

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