care for your eyes

How to Care for Your Eyes

Imagine what your life would be like if you could not see. Many people take seeing for granted, even though there are millions of people who are partially or completely blind, and so their other senses have to compensate.

The most common cause of blindness is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). There are many symptoms that can indicate that you need to get your eyes tested. They include: poor night vision, bad peripheral vision, faded colors, double vision, blurry vision when you are trying to read, watch TV or use your computer, or vision deteriorating in just one eye.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to see an optometrist as quickly as possible, to determine whether you do have a problem that can be corrected. Cataracts and glaucoma are also becoming more common today, because people are spending more time using tech devices such as computers, iPads, iPhones and laptops, which often mean that they are using their sight for longer periods of time without taking a break.

If you have diabetes, the risk of eye problems increases, so it is even more important to get your sight checked regularly and not wait until you notice symptoms, especially if you are over the age of 40. The percentage of people over 40 years old that have eye problems is on the rise as well, according to the National Eye Institute.

If you are working outside in bright sunlight, it is wise to wear sunglasses in order to shield your eyes from the ultraviolet sunrays and improve your vision, as most good quality sunglasses can cut down on glare significantly.

It is also important to eat properly. Certain foods can help you care for your eyes. Carrots are full of beta carotene, which is an antioxidant that can help to decrease your risk of getting cataracts and macular degeneration. Other good foods include: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turkey, spinach, sweet potato, sardines, wild salmon and omega-3 fats.

Many of these foods are rich in lutein, which naturally exists within the macula of your eyes. It is the part that controls your central vision. Fortunately, if you eat the right foods, you can boost your lutein levels and help protect your eyes from harm.

Bilberries are also full of phytonutrients which improve night vision and reduce the risk of getting cataracts. In fact, bilberries are also full of anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which help protect your retina from damage and assist with circulation, both of which are vital, especially to people who have diabetes.

If you work in a dangerous environment, it is best to wear protective safety glasses or goggles, in order to avoid getting anything splashed or something flying up into your eye from whatever work you do. Normal glasses are not sufficient to protect your eyes, because there is still too much space for foreign objects to get in. If you are gardening, make sure to protect your eyes. You may encounter thorns or even bugs while you enjoy your favorite pastime and it is so easy for one of these unfortunate incidents to take place.

Living in a world of darkness is not something to be enjoyed. If you can avoid this by taking some simple precautions, you will be able to prevent your eyes from being harmed in any way. Whether you lose sight in one eye or both eyes, it is a distressing way to live and should be avoided at all costs.

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