The vision our eyes provide are crucial for everyday activities. They help us stay informed on our smart phones, follow the yoga instructor, and see the starry heavens at night. Just as we are conscious to keep our bodies healthy, we should also make eye health a priority. The overall health of our body has consequences for our eyes. Steps that we take to ensure our overall health will help our eyes as well. What are some of these steps?
- Maintain a healthy weight: obesity or having a high Body Mass Index (BMI) is an associated risk factor for diabetes and other conditions which can lead to vision loss.
- Eat healthy foods: Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, or collard greens are high in nutrients which have been shown to be healthy for your eyes. Also, consuming fish like tuna or salmon or supplements with omega-3 fatty acids benefit the eyes as well.
- Quit smoking: Smoking is a risk factor for many conditions. Specifically for the eyes, it has been linked to age related macular degeneration and cataracts. With the popularity of e-cigs, this risk factor remains relevant.
- Manage chronic conditions: If you've been diagnosed with a chronic condition like diabetes, hypertension, or multiple sclerosis, working with your doctor to manage the condition will go a long way toward reducing the risk of your condition effecting your eyes. For instance, maintaining good control of your blood sugars has been shown to reduce the onset and progression of diabetic retinopathy.
Each day presents opportunities to make healthy choices. While not always easy, taking these steps consistently over the long run will help preserve the health of your eyes and your overall well-being.