Try these simple tricks to help safeguard your vision, prevent painful dry eye, and more.
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How often do you think about your eyes, let alone take steps to protect them? Truth is, gradual loss of vision from macular degeneration, cataracts, and dry eye syndrome can affect even the healthiest of us. Here are a few ways to preserve your peepers.
Cut the FatAccording to New York University’s Department of Ophthalmology, a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol can impede blood flow to the eyes and cause plaque, a fatty, cloudy substance, to build up on the macular vessels.
Lower Your ScreenDry eye syndrome occurs when the eye is no longer able to coat itself with a healthy layer of tears, and it’s not uncommon in guys who are in otherwise good health. Lower your monitor to just below eye level; looking down, your eyelids close slightly, minimizing the surface area and consequent fluid evaporation.
Fill Up On These Vitamins and MineralsIn a study published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers found that a combination of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc—found in most multivitamin supplements—can reduce the risk of macular degeneration in high-risk individuals by 25%.
Go Easy on the A/CBlasting your car’s air conditioner at your face may feel awesome on a hot day, but it’s surprisingly bad for your peepers. The dry air drains moisture from your eyes, significantly increasing the risk of corneal abrasions, which can lead to blindness if left untreated. Aim the vents at your feet or throw on a pair of sunglasses.
Don't Skimp on Omega 3sA Harvard study evaluating the diets of 32,470 subjects determined that those whose diets contained the least fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids also had the highest risk of developing dry eye syndrome. Vegetarian? Opt for algae oil; it’s loaded with DHA omega-3.
Choose the Right Shades
Only 47 percent of Americans consider UV protection to be the most important factor when buying sunglasses, according to a survey conducted by the American Optometric Association. Overexposure to UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, or even skin cancer around the eyelids. Pick shades that block out 99–100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation and 75–90 percent of visible light.
Xperio UV™ superior polarized lenses provide users with comprehensive UV protection on both the front and backside of the lenses, reduce the amount of glare from reflective surfaces, have an E-SPF index rating of 50+ (meaning your eyes are 50 times more protected than they are without wearing lenses), and deliver maximum scratch resistance and cleanability. Learn more about Xperio UV polarized sunglasses, at www.xperiouv.com.
Eat Your GreensAn English study out of Southampton General Hospital, which examined 372 subjects, found that those with high blood levels of lutein, an antioxidant responsible for absorbing harmful blue light, had a significantly lower risk of developing cataracts. Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collard greens contain the highest natural amounts of lutein, so stock up.