An estimated 75% of the American adult population uses some form of corrective eyewear. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are just some of the vision hindering conditions that lead many to seek out contact lenses, glasses, or even corrective surgery procedures such as LASIK. These options are viable for many and can often give patients the vision improvement they have been looking for. However, equally as important as choosing the appropriate form of vision correction is proper on-going care of your eyes.
The eyes are among the body’s most highly functional organs and are nearly constantly in use. Even during sleep, our eyes go through cycles of rapid eye movement, or REM. They seldom are at rest. However, for most, little thought is given to these hardworking body parts or their long-term care until vision problems occur. Increasingly, our daily habits such as heightened screen time and poor diet are beginning to play a detrimental role in eye health. Without appropriate care, it is safe to assume that vision will continue to deteriorate over time, at a much more rapid pace.
Fortunately, in addition to regular eye exams and the various available forms of vision correction, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your eyes strong and healthy naturally:
Eating for Eye Health
As is the case with all organs, nutrition matters. Proper diet can promote good eye sight by helping to keep eyes strong and healthy. We’ve previously blogged about some super foods for eye health, but among the most beneficial are those that contain beta carotene, lutein, zinc, DHA, and vitamins A, C, or E.
Exercises for Eye Strength
Eye strain, especially in the digital age, is a common complaint for many patients. Frequent breaks and exercises are helpful to combat the negative effects. Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Slowly rolling your eyes may help as well. Begin with 10 times clockwise, and then switch to 10 times counterclockwise.
Sleep and Healthy Eyes
One of the most effective measures you can take for eye health is to allow adequate time to rest. Eight hours of sleep each night is ideal for eye health and rejuvenation. Additionally, when working at a computer or reading for lengthy amounts of time, allow for a full 10 minutes of rest at least once per hour.
Eyesight gradually weakens for us all. Some may need help with their vision from a very young age, while others may only require reading glasses later in life. Regardless of the severity of deficiencies in your vision, proper care of your eyes is crucial. By taking steps to ensure eye health, you can help ward off potentially damaging conditions, while also strengthening eyesight.
To fully protect your eyes, take the steps outlined above and schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist for an exam. The physicians at Eye Specialists of Louisiana can help you identify and appropriately address any issues with your vision or eye health. To contact our office, click here, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.