We often take our eyes for granted, sometimes not realizing our eyes are sensitive organs. They are constantly exposed to our harsh environments and our constantly changing weather. Our eyes play a vital role in our daily wellness, and it is important that we do our best to protect them through diet and healthy lifestyle choices.
Practice healthy eating habits. A target intake amount of certain nutrients and general diet maintenance can help improve natural eye health. Anti-oxidants such as Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. The easiest method of their consumption is through spinach, collard greens, kale and broccoli. These nutrients not only have a positive effect on the physical health of they eye, but can also help to make our vision brighter and more colourful.
Eating well reduces the risk of obesity, which in turn help reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Reducing the risk of these chronic illnesses will help delay or mitigate the onset of eye diseases including Dry Eye Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, and Cataracts, preventing significant impacts on visual acuity.
It is fortunate we live in a day and age where Optometrists are available for eye care at our fingertips. Along with taking up simple habits to slow down and prevent eye degeneration, a quick visit to your LMC Diabetes and Endocrinology clinic, and someone can help you organize an eye examination with one of our Optometrists. When visiting your Optometrist, we can look at the current clinical state of your eyes. We are able to advise you on what lifestyle changes you can make to help maintain good eye health, which is invaluable.