What can I do to Keep my Eyes Healthy?
The first, and perhaps the simplest answer is to wear protection against harmful UV rays. This doesn’t mean wearing sunglasses year round but DO ensure your spectacles have UV protection. Most of our anti-reflection lenses, including all of our Neva Max and SmarT lenses will ensure your eyes are protected against daily UV damage. Contact lens wearers should ensure their chosen lens also has UV protection AND wear protective sunglasses to protect the delicate skin area around the eyes.
However, a well-fitting pair of Polarised, Transition or UV tinted sunglasses are essential for those sunny days when UV rays reach dangerous levels. UV damage to the eyes can be a primary cause of cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis (corneal sunburn).
Eat your way to healthier eyes.
Remember your parents telling you to ‘Eat your vegetables’? Well, they were on to something!
Diet is highly important in maintaining healthy eyes. Carrots contain beta carotene which, while essential, is not the only food that will help you to maintain healthy eyes.
Foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin such as kale, spinach, avocado and eggs can also help to maintain macular health.
Vitamins A, C & E found in broccoli, mango, carrots, tomatoes, berries, orange and grapefruit juice all contribute towards maintaining healthy eye tissue.
Omega 3 fatty acids from oily fish such as mackerel, tuna and salmon can help to reduce dry eye symptoms.