Eye Care

Healthy Living

Eye sight is important to everyone and often making little changes to your lifestyle or just simply knowing why you should do something can help you maintain healthy eyes and sight for the future.

I hope the following will help you, your friends, and family, to keep health eyes for the years to come.

Your eyes are a muscle and so try not to strain them too much and take regular short breaks especially in areas where there is poor lighting.

The best way to get the right amount of vitamins and minerals is through a healthy and well balanced diet. Otherwise, you can always buy vitamins and minerals over the counter from chemists, supermarkets, and health food shops. However, which ones do you need for your eyes?

Antioxidant vitamins found in certain foods have been linked with eye health. They help to maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. Antioxidant vitamins are vitamin A, C and E.

Vitamin/ Mineral

Why

Good sources

Vitamin A

Reduces the risk of cataracts, blindness, and corneal ulcers

carrots, sweet potatoes andliver

Vitamin C

Reduces pressure in glaucoma, slows age related degeneration, and resistance to cataracts

oranges, strawberries, rosehip and broccoli

Vitamin E

Reduces risk of macular degeneration,and cataracts

nuts such as almond and hazelnuts

Lutein

Generally good for eyes

Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens

Sunshine

If it is a sunny day, make sure you wear sun glasses you should sure they are marked as UV resistant as they block out harmful ultraviolet or "UV" rays. Harmful UV rays can cause eye diseases such as cataracts or "snowblindness".

Carrots

When you were growing up, you may have been told to eat carrots because they will help you see in the dark! Is this true? Well sort of, it will not improve your vision in itself but the beta-carotene which turns intovitamin A which keeps your eyes healthy.