4 Ways to Boost Women's Eye Health
By Brandi Goodman
Women are more likely than men to develop an eye disease. Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month arrives in April with good reason. It's important for women everywhere to do all they can to prevent damage to their eyes. At least four ways exist to boost the eye health of women so they can maintain their sight as they age.
See an Eye Doctor Regularly
Just as women need to see a doctor each year for other areas of health, they should also see an eye doctor to check on eyesight. It's recommended to go at least every two years at minimum. You never know when a problem may occur, and catching something earlier can make a significant difference. Just because you can pass a basic eye exam and read well doesn't mean something isn't going wrong with your eyes. Periods of blurry vision, red eyes that won't go away, pain in the eyes, and frequent headaches should all be reported promptly.
Wear Sunglasses That Block UV Rays
Not just any pair of sunglasses off a store shelf will do for protecting the eyes. Sure, most pairs will prevent your eyes from being blinded by the sun. But most will not do anything to actually stop the harmful UV rays from penetrating through. These rays can cause damage to the eyes over time. A pair of sunglasses that offers protection from UV rays is the best to wear when the sun is out.
Get More Exercise
Exercise is necessary for keeping the body healthy, and this includes eyesight. People who exercise regularly are more likely to continue having good eyesight and can keep macular degeneration from developing early on. Something as simple as going for a walk each day can reduce your chances of this developing.
Eat a Diet Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are necessary for fighting toxins within the body. This can reduce the risk for developing cataracts and prevent certain eye diseases from emerging. Berries, leafy greens, and fish are some of the best sources of either antioxidants or omega-3 fatty acids that can prevent macular degeneration.
Maintaining eye health may not always be possible. Doing everything you can to do so should still be on your goal list, however. With these methods in mind, more women can keep their eyesight well as they get older.
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