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How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy for the Long Haul

By Sandy Schroeder

Can you imagine losing your vision as you move through your daily routines? Eighty-five percent of us worry about our vision, but only about 14 percent of us with eye problems follow through with regular checkups, according to dumblittleman.com.

We live in a fast-paced world that keeps us focused on our phones, laptops and computers non-stop. Sometimes we take breaks and look away or move to other tasks. Other times we power on through, assuming our eyes will just keep working.

Catch Eye Probems Early

Regular eye checkups and prompt attention to changes in vision are needed for problems like these.

Macular degeneration – Causes include sunlight damage, blue light exposure and smoking.

Cataracts – Caused by UV light exposure. Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside.

Diabetic retinopathy – Blood vessel damage can result when diabetes is not controlled.

Glaucoma – Early detection with regular checkups is mandatory to avoid blindness.

Adequate eye protection is essential wherever you are.

Wear sunglasses - Whenever you are outside, protect your eyes. Gardeners, bikers and walkers may forget to to wear UV protective sunglasses.

Wear protective goggles – In factories, construction sites and woodworking or metal shops wear approved safety goggles, face shields or helmets, and keep them updated.

Avoid eyestrain at the office – Make sure your monitor is at eye level and lighting is adequate. Avoid placing lights directly overhead or behind you and use drapes to reduce glare from windows. Modify screen color intensity and enlarge fonts for readability. Take frequent breaks and have your eyes checked promptly if your vision changes.

Preserve Vision with a Good Diet

Here are some of the best nutrients for your eyes.

Zeaxanthin and lutein – Choose spinach, broccoli, kale, eggs and corn to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

Omega-3 fatty acids – Eat trout, salmon, tuna and anchovies twice a week to cut inflammation and protect eyes from macular degeneration and dry eyes.

Beta-carotene – Eat sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and butternut squash. A daily serving helps eyes adjust to varying levels of light and utilize light energy.

Zinc – Eat beef, oysters, beans and poultry. Two servings a week protects eyes from macular degeneration.

Vitamin C – Choose oranges, red pepper and tomatoes. One serving a day prevents cataracts.

Resveratrol – Peanuts, blueberries and red wine provide resveratrol to keep a healthy blood flow in the eyes.

As you protect your vision with regular checkups and a good diet, remember to eliminate all smoking and get adequate amounts of exercise. Every step you take will help you retain your vision long-term.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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