Protect Your Eyes
Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Many of us have heard that carrots are good for the eyes; however, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy green is important for keeping our eyes healthy also. Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, selenium, and vitamins C and E may help slow the progression of or even ward off macular degeneration can cataracts. Eating a well-balanced diet also helps people maintain a healthy weight. People who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to develop obesity-related type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:
- green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and collards eggs,
- nuts beans and legumes salmon, tuna, halibut, and other oily fish
- oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit
The American Academy of Ophthalmology currently recommends that people who work on the computer for long periods of time do the following:
- Use a current glasses or contact lens prescription.
- Some people over 40 years of age may need a special prescription specifically for computer use.
- Some people may also need glasses to help with contrast, glare and eyestrain when using a computer.
- Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor which allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
- Try to avoid glare on the computer screen from windows and lights.
- Use an anti-glare computer screen if necessary.
- Choose a comfortable and supportive chair with your feet positioned so that they are flat on the floor.
- If your eyes are dry, blink more or use artificial over-the-counter lubricants.
- Remember 20-20-20.