Are You Putting Your Eyes at Risk for Disease? 5 Tips to Preserve Eyesight
Diseases that affect your eyes can also have negative consequences on your overall health and well-being. Macular degeneration is a major danger to vision and health.
A central characteristic of the disease is loss of vision in the center of the eye. This type of vision loss can make it hard for people to drive, read books and recognize faces of the people they see every day.
Factors associated with macular degeneration are:
- Age and hereditary factors
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Poor diet
Protecting your vision is a key factor in maintaining a healthy body and thankfully, there are a few things you can do that will increase your odds of dodging macular degeneration and preserving your good vision well into your later years.
Get plenty of vitamins.
Vitamin A preserves the membrane that surrounds your eye, while vitamin C protects your retinas. Vitamins D and E will give you valuable protection from macular degeneration. Don’t forget that your body prefers to absorb the vitamins it gets from the foods you eat, rather than pills. So go ahead and enjoy plenty of
- Leafy greens
- Red and green bell pepper
Antioxidants are your friends.
Antioxidants are some of the most versatile free radical fighters nature ever produced. Researchers even tell us that antioxidants — particularly lutein and zeaxanthin — are particularly important for sustaining eye health. Thank goodness these antioxidants can be found in some foods you are already eating like kale, broccoli and leafy greens.
Get in those Omega-3s.
Omega-3s not only help you lower your cholesterol, research has shown that getting a daily dose of them could lower your risk of macular degeneration by as much as 30%. Wow. You can find Omega-3s in oily fish and flax seeds.
You already know that smoking cigarettes can cause lots of problems, including cancer. But cigarette smoking also raises your chances of developing macular degeneration. It also causes damage to the optic nerve and puts your at risk for developing cataracts.
Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) ramps up the risk of you developing macular degeneration. The easiest way to avoid getting too much UV light is to slip on a pair of sunglasses before you step out the door. Particularly in the summer when the sun’s rays are strongest.