Caring for your eyes is a vital part of any healthcare regime. After all, you only get a pair in a lifetime, so keeping your eyes healthy is of utmost importance. Common eye problems include blurred vision, halos, blind spots, and floaters. These problems can be from damage to the eye itself, a condition of the body like aging or diabetes, or a medicine. Here are some things you can do to take care of your peepers:
- Eat a Healthy Diet. A diet rich in minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients may reduce your risk of cataracts, blindness, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. A healthy diet will also keep your eyes healthy and keep diseases that affect eyesight under control, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Follow Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients that will benefit your eyes and prevent diseases.
- Don’t Smoke. Smoking has long been known to cause heart disease and lung cancer; however, many people don’t realize that smoking can also lead to vision loss. Smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome. Need another reason to quit? Heavy smokers (15 cigarettes/day or more) have up to three times the risk of cataract as nonsmokers. If you’re decided to quit smoking, Dr. Sebi’s Viento can help you combat the cravings, while also keeping your eyes healthy, energizing and revitalizing you.
- Take Regular Breaks While Doing Computer Work. When you’re working on both a tablet or a screen, your eye muscles have to focus the entire time and just like any muscle in your body, they can get fatigued. To stop digital eye strain, we recommend you try the “20/20/20 rule”: for every 20 minutes a person of work looking at a screen, take a 20-second break looking at something 20 feet away. This is extra important when it comes to caring for your eyes if you already notice early warning signs of eye strain, which include headaches, dry eyes or eye fatigue. That’s a break three times an hour.
- Wear Sunglasses When You’re Outside. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to keep your eyes healthy by protecting them from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some of the sun’s effects on the eyes include cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. Always wear glasses with UV protection when you’re outside, even when it’s cloudy.
- Drink Water. Your eye is surrounded by fluid, which protects the eye by washing away debris and dust every time you blink. Staying well-hydrated is very important to maintain a healthy balance of fluid in the eye. Dr. Sebi recommended drinking a gallon of spring-water every day to maintain optimal health and caring for your eyes.