Most people don’t think about protecting their eyes, but they should. Eye disorders are on the rise. One of the culprits is screens! By working on a computer, using smartphones and watching TV, we are exposing our eyes to too many screens and lights. Too much light exposure will cause eyestrain and start making our eyes dry, irritated, and weak. When you add an increase in sedentary lifestyle and added stress, we are not helping our case. Just think about it, when you are stressed do you naturally relax your eyes, or do you strain and narrow your vision? Keeping your eyes tense has negative long-term effects, such as macular degeneration, poor vision, glaucoma and cataracts.
What can you do to protect your eyes?
One of the best places to start is with nutrition. You can reduce your risk of many eye problems by improving your nutrition.
Vitamin A is a key vitamin for the eyes and guess what has lots of vitamin A? Carrots! I can always remember my mother saying that if I want good eyes I had to eat my carrots ☺ Lots of other foods can help protect your eyes: sweet potatoes, leafy greens and beef liver are also excellent sources. I know liver is not everyone’s favourite…but it does have benefits!
Lutein and zeaxanthin have also been shown to be excellent nutrients for improving eye health. This is especially important for the macula. Macular degeneration causes problems with central vision and you can protect your macula with this vitamin. Lutein is also very helpful to protect your eyes against too much light. Leafy greens have one of the highest sources in our foods. You can get more if you slightly cooked them. Steaming for a few minutes is best. Eggs are another good source. Try ordering your eggs from a local farm.
Bilberry is the final nutrient that you should know about. This might sound like blueberries…it’s not, but in some ways it almost is. Bilberry, like blueberries, is a high antioxidant. It has also been shown to improve night blindness. Pilots in world war two would eat these so they could see more accurately. This fruit grows in Europe so you’ll have a hard time harvesting it around here but it is easily available in many supplements.
We have recently added a product that contains these three ingredients to help you focus your nutrients. Eye Armour is an excellent supplement that can be taken daily for preventative reasons. Dr Emilie and Martin take them to help nurture their eyes and to avoid vision loss.
We also wear special glasses at night when we are watching TV or using the computers. We look at little nerdy, but since we’re both doing it, it’s not so bad! We’ll tell you more about our blue-blockers in an upcoming article.
We will be offering a seminar on March 8th at 7PM with Martin and Dr. William Clarke, an optometrist from Ottawa, to give you other suggestions on how to boost your eyes naturally. Vision loss is one of those things that can be very progressive and not really noticeable until is it too late. Don’t wait to get to the point where you receive the bad news that you are losing your eyesight. Do something now so that in 10 or 20 plus years you can continue to enjoy the activities you like with great vision!