The coming of a New Year often compels us to create resolutions and goals to achieve over the course of the year. For many people, these resolutions typically involve a lifestyle change, from exercising more frequently to improving our diet. While these types of changes greatly improve our overall health and well-being, did you know that these habits can actually benefit your eyes, too? Keep reading to find out how!
Diet and Nutrition
A balanced diet of dark, leafy greens isn’t just good for your salad and your waistline, it also provides nutrients that promote healthy eyes. Foods high in vitamins A, C, D, and antioxidants like beta-carotene help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts among other vision problems. Additionally, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like tuna or salmon) can help to combat dry eyes and inflammation associated with chronic lid disease like meibomian gland dysfunction.
Frequently, eye complications stem from general health problems. For example, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis can contribute to a multitude of ocular inflammatory conditions, and vision loss and blindness may result from uncontrolled diabetes. Being more active and committing to regular exercise can keep your entire body in shape and consequently reduce the risk of developing diabetes and other health complications that could lead to vision problems.
Of course, eating a balanced diet and regularly exercising aren’t the only things you can do to keep your eyes healthy this year. Here are some other measures you can take to maintain your eye health:
Routinely Visit the Eye Doctor
Finally, even if you feel like your vision is fine, it’s important to visit your optometrist at least once a year. Optometrists play an essential role in ensuring the health of you and your family. During a comprehensive eye exam, we can diagnose, treat and help to prevent diseases affecting the visual system, and we can also help to identify underlying health conditions that are first detected through an eye exam. Optometrists also work closely with family physicians and other health care professionals, and thus we can be an integral part of your health care team.
Happy New Year!