Eye Health: Lifestyle Habits That Can Improve Your Vision

Eye Health: Lifestyle Habits That Can Improve Your Vision

Our vision is important. As the most dominant of our five senses, sight not only allows us to interpret the world around us, but it also helps us enjoy a higher quality of life.

And no matter if you have perfect vision or don’t — 195.3 million Americans wear contact lenses or eyeglasses to correct refractive errors — there are things you can do to help improve and maintain your vision.

In this blog, the highly skilled providers at the Tayani Institute explain some lifestyle habits you can incorporate into your life to help keep your eyes strong throughout your life.

Ways to help keep your vision strong

Like other parts of the body, eyes physically change as part of the aging process. However, this doesn't mean vision loss is inevitable.

For instance, it’s natural to produce fewer tears with age. However, you can offset this problem by discussing the issue with your eye doctor, who may recommend using over-the-counter artificial tears or prescription eye drops.

The important thing to focus on is that throughout the course of your life, you have the ability to impact your eye health and improve your vision simply by incorporating some prudent lifestyle habits, such as the following:

Eat a healthy, balanced diet

It should come as no surprise that eating well can have as much of an impact on your eye health as it can for the rest of your body. Your eye health depends on nutrients and vitamins to function optimally and prevent disease.

Eat a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Make sure your diet includes plenty of green leafy vegetables that contain lutein and zeaxanthin, such as spinach, kale and broccoli. And don’t forget foods packed with antioxidants, such as pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, and artichokes. And add in fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon. 

Keep active and fit

Similarly, keeping active by getting regular exercise can contribute to your eye health. In fact, a clinical study reported that regular moderate exercise may reduce the likelihood of developing glaucoma by 25%. Perhaps the best reason for making regular exercise a part of your healthy lifestyle is that you’ll be keeping your weight in check.

Being overweight or obese can contribute to many health issues that can impact your eye health, such as diabetes. Remarkably, diabetics are about 25 times more likely to become blind than nondiabetics, and they’re twice as likely to develop glaucoma and cataracts than people who don’t have diabetes. 

Know your family medical history

Like other diseases, many eye diseases run in the family. Many vision-threatening conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, are hereditary. So if you have family members who have any of these conditions, you have a higher chance of developing them than the general population.

For example, if a family member has glaucoma, your chances of developing it are 4-9 times higher than average. So, learn about your family medical history and share it with your eye doctor, so they can put it on their radar when monitoring your eye health.

Get regular and dilated eye examinations

While you may notice subtle changes in your eyesight, many eye diseases don’t have dramatic symptoms and can go unnoticed as they develop. Because of this, it’s crucial to see the eye doctor for regular eye examinations and periodic dilated eye exams.

With a regular eye examination, tests can include a visual acuity test, a peripheral vision test, and a test to measure your eye pressure. These tests can provide a great overview of your eye health and how well you see.

A dilated eye exam, on the other hand, allows your provider to see the inside of your eyes to check for eye issues or damage. A dilated eye exam can detect signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy long before you may notice changes to your eyesight.

To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, or to get an eye exam or another type of eye care, call 949-489-2218 or book an appointment online with the Tayani Institute today.

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