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5 ways to protect your vision

Posted by on May. 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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Five ways to protect your vision

The eyes may or may not be windows to the soul, but experts say they certainly give a snapshot of overall health. The retina mirrors general health status, so here’s what experts say are the healthy habits that have a directly protective effect on vision.

Exercise regularly: Eyes rely on good circulation.

Avoid irritants: Smoke and other environmental concerns such as dust and allergens irritate the eye.

Eat your greens: A diet rich in antioxidants, especially lutein and zeaxanthin (found in green leafy vegetables), vitamin E (found in nuts) and vitamin C (found in citrus), has been shown to promote eye health.

Get some shut-eye: Sleeping eyes are continually bathed in tears, which helps clear away dust and allergens.

Get regular screenings: After a baseline exam at 40, go back as often as your doctor recommends; after 65, have an exam every one to two years.

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SweetLuci
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

 Good info

michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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I'd add:

Wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors

michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

AND:

an optometrist isn't the doctor you want to see for eye health...an opthalmologist is the one.

michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I have an eye exam at least once a year.

Barabell
by Bronze Member on May. 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM


Quoting michiganmom116:

I'd add:

Wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors

Great addition! I'm surprised the article didn't include that one!

I have to admit that I lost my sunglasses, so I don't wear any right now. Now that we have more intense sun again, I've been planning on buying some new ones.

michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

It's one most people don't think about, but my opthalmologist told me that this could be one of the most important.  Even my blind mother wears full UV protection wrap-around sunglasses.

Quoting Barabell:


Quoting michiganmom116:

I'd add:

Wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors

Great addition! I'm surprised the article didn't include that one!

I have to admit that I lost my sunglasses, so I don't wear any right now. Now that we have more intense sun again, I've been planning on buying some new ones.


Snowl
by on May. 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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I get teased for mine all the time. They fit on top of my regular glasses. 

I wear mine year round and my doctor says my eyes are in great shape!

Quoting michiganmom116:

It's one most people don't think about, but my opthalmologist told me that this could be one of the most important.  Even my blind mother wears full UV protection wrap-around sunglasses.

Quoting Barabell:


Quoting michiganmom116:

I'd add:

Wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors

Great addition! I'm surprised the article didn't include that one!

I have to admit that I lost my sunglasses, so I don't wear any right now. Now that we have more intense sun again, I've been planning on buying some new ones.





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by on May. 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Thanks for sharing :)

momofsixangels
by on May. 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Also make sure you have good light when reading

mnmo3bb
by Bronze Member on May. 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

 I go in about yearly :) My eye sight improved over my last two visits :)

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