3 Tips to Keep the Windows to Your Soul in Top Form
Eyes are exceptional organs. They allow us to take in a world of imagery and colour and help keep us safe. They also help us to communicate emotions, and believe it or not, they are also intrinsically linked to romance. Think about it… a romantic dinner by candlelight, eyes meeting across the table… love in the air! Mutual eye contact can fan the flames of love between two people like nothing else. The month of love has just passed but it’s never too late to make sure you keep your peepers in top form. Here are three of the top eye health tips:
- Time Your Screen Time
According to this study done by British psychologists, young adults spend as much as five hours on their phones every day. Add that to an average of eight hours per day if you work in front of a computer, not to mention whatever time spent in front of the TV at night. While the best advice is to try spending less time in front of screens, it’s not always possible. Make sure you take a break away from the screen at least every 20 minutes and try to implement a cut-off time, for example, no screen time after 6 pm.
- You Are What You Eat
Just like every other part of your body, your eyes are affected by what you eat. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant that protects the lens of the eye. This can be found in leafy greens, citrus fruit and orange vegetables. Vitamin C reduces free radical damage and improves mineral absorption. Eat more red peppers, strawberries, kale and kiwi to get your daily dose in. You can also supplement your nutrition with Eye Care which helps stimulate the production of visual purple which improves vision.
- Stop Smoking
Smoking significantly increases your risk of getting cataracts – a leading cause of blindness around the world. It is also related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which can cause ‘blind spots’ and lead to impaired central vision. People who smoke are twice as likely to have dry eye syndrome which leads to itchiness, eye redness and irritation. Smoking also weakens your arteries and builds up plaque in your bloodstream. This not only increases your risk of a heart attack but can also damage your retinas and cause vision loss. The good news is that as soon as you quit smoking, your risk of eye disease will be about the same as non-smokers. To make sure your eyes recuperate completely, use Eyebright which strengthens the eyes.