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Getting Smart With: Protecting Your Vision

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Protecting your vision is everything to you. Well, the idea is simple: what do you think will happen to you if you have a poor vision, or worse, you are blind? Well, that is something to consider because when you have poor eyesight your actions will be limited. There are things that you cannot do very well especially if they involve good eyesight.

Aside from that, your opportunities will be limited. There are jobs that you are not allowed to work for because of poor eyesight. Take note that nowadays, companies are very particular with the health of their workers because that affects their performance.

Do not wait for the time when your good eyesight will be taken away from you. Right now, while you still have the chance to improve it, do your best. You will not regret in the end. And let me just give you some things that you need to consider in order to protect your vision.

Eat the right kinds of food. When it comes to protecting your vision, the very first rule is eating the right kinds of food. You have to nourish your eyes in order to preserve its health. Dr. Taylor of Nashville Vision Associates in Tennessee said that it is important for someone to eat brightly-colored vegetables. She also emphasized that instead of taking vitamins, it is better to eat them.

In an article written by Julie Upton of cookinglight.com, she mentioned different foods that are necessary for someone to consume if his goal is to take care of his eyes. Such foods include:

  • Tomatoes – due to its lycopene, caretonoids, and Vitamin C. Study shows that lycopene protects the retina.
  • Spinach, kale, and other dark, leafy greens – due to its antioxidant contents called lutein and zeaxanthin. It improves the macula of the eye.
  • Eggs – this is also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin like the spinach. Aside from that, eggs are also good source of Vitamin D that reduces ARMD.
  • Salmon – omega-3 fatty acid is the main content of salmons that is responsible for the good health of the eye. Aside from that, it is also a good source of Vitamin D just like eggs.
  • Olive oil – helps prevent retina disease.
  • Corn – another great source of lutein and zeaxanthin are corns. You know now what you can benefit from eating this.
  • Pistachios – aside from lutein and zeaxanthin, pistachios can be a great source of Vitamin E. This food is necessary for the absorption of carotenoids.

Eating the right kinds of food will nourish different parts of eye in order to function well. Just be careful with what you are eating for that you will not be able to eat risky foods. After learning this, you can go to the next tip.

Eye exams for early detection of problems. If you feel something strange about your eyesight, do not take this for granted. Instead, go for eye exams for early detection of problems. The reason for this is because a problem that is detected earlier is easier to solve than a problem that is detected later. A glaucoma for example. If it is detected earlier, a comprehensive eye examination is required. With this, the eye specialist can start giving schedules of treatment to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Eye specialist will check the family history before checking the eye itself. Normally, he will check the pupils, central vision, color vision, and eye pressure. You just have to follow his instruction and cooperate with him in treating your eye. Any damage in the eye will be reported to you so that you will make proper adjustments in your lifestyle.

Avoid smoking. If you are smoking too much right now, it is advisable for you to stop that. The reason for this is cyanide from smoke may enter the bloodstream capable of destroying the cells of the eyes. Another thing is smoking can damage the macula.

In an article published by eyefitvisioncenters.com, there are 10 ways smoking can damage the eyes such as the following:

  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eyes
  • Problems with contact lens wear
  • Graves’ disease
  • Birth defects
  • Second-hand smoke

Avoid directly staring at the sun. As much as possible, do not look at the sun directly as your eyes may be damaged by ultraviolet radiation that can cause different illnesses. When you go to the beach, it is necessary for you to have a sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Two of the main causes of blindness called cataract and macular degeneration are caused by UV radiation that is why you have to take care of your eyes.

Minimize working all day in front of the computer. This a generation wherein computers are part of life. Well, even a 5-year old child can operate computers nowadays. We may not be aware of the health risk of staying in front of the computer for a long time, but it is existing. The idea is staying in front of the computer can destroy your eyes my making it dry making it watery as the most common symptom.

You will also feel at the end of the day that your eyes are very tired which is an indication of dryness. And in order to solve this issue, there is a suggestion that after 20 minutes of staring at the computer screen, you should stare away for at least 20 seconds. This is a recommendation from the Mayo Clinic.

Minimize your stay in front of the computer if you would like to preserve the good condition of the eyes. Take some rest if you cannot avoid this due to the fact that it is already part of your job.

Control your sugar. Well, in America, diabetes is the top cause of blindness. And you have an idea already how diabetes can worsen. So, if you want to protect your vision from future blindness, and you are diabetic, do something about it. You may reduce your sugar intake and be aware of the foods that you are eating.

Protecting your vision requires a lot of changes in your lifestyle. And sometimes we take this for granted because our eye condition is not yet serious. There comes a time when your attention will be caught and you will say to yourself that you should have done something about it because it got worse. Well, here are some changes you have to make in your lifestyle in order to protect your vision.

  1. Diet. I have said already hat nutrition is important for the eye. Now, if you think you are eating the wrong kinds of foods, it’s about time to change your diet.
  2. Schedule. Your schedule of activities that might be damaging and risky to the eyes must be changed. You have to have control of your lifestyle.
  3. Activities. Sometimes you have to change your activities to make sure that there are no eye health risks involved. You have the choice as long as you are in control of your schedule.
  4. Your habits affect your health. And whatever you do in life might have a small effect on your vision. We have discussed above the bad effects of smoking and that is something that you should think about. Control your habit before it controls you.
  5. Perspective. You have to have a good perspective of your eyes. There should be a goal. You may not feel the burden right away because you are still young and the condition of your eyes is not yet serious but think about it when you grow old.

Your vision is very important. Imagine if you cannot see the things around you. Imagine if it is total dark. Well, here are some aspects of your life that might be affected:

  1. Self-confidence. Yes, and this will be affected. You may think that you are “useless,” sorry for the term. But study shows that people who became blind immediately decreased in self-confidence.
  2. Relationship. And you may disagree with me on this one, but relationship is also affected. It is not easy to be blind. You will become subject of caregiving by your loved ones. And it will become uncomfortable for them.
  3. Progress. You might want to progress in life, but how will you able to enjoy the things that you possess if you cannot see them? You have to protect your vision so that whatever you have invested on will be enjoyed by you.
  4. Hope. And finally, this should not be the one that will be taken away from you. When you lose hope, there is a tendency for you to pity yourself. And self-pity is something that you should avoid.

Take care of your vision while it is still possible. Be aware of the future situation that you might find yourself into if you will not do something about it. It is good to live in this world and enjoy the things that you see. So again, take care of your vision.

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