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6 Tips for Supporting Eye Health

6 Tips for Supporting Eye Health

Eye health is so important, yet many people take their healthy eyes for granted — until there’s a problem, that is. Like every other part of your body, your eyes benefit from healthy self-care. The smart choices you make each day can help protect your vision, prevent or postpone eye conditions, and help keep your eyes functioning well.

At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, our eye care specialists make your eye health their top priority. With that in mind, we share some simple steps you can take to support your eye health.

Tip 1: Don't smoke

Smoking can damage the nerves in your eyes and increase your risk of developing serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

If you need help quitting, speak with your provider or take advantage of online resources from SmokeFree.gov, the American Lung Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tip 2: Eat right

Healthy foods contain many different nutrients that support eye health. For example, your eyes benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish such as salmon, various nutrients in dark leafy greens such as kale and collards, and the carotenoids in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots and bell peppers.

Eating a healthy diet also helps protect you from diabetes and other conditions that can harm your eyes.

Tip 3: Exercise regularly

Believe it or not, regular exercise benefits your eyes as well as your body. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, exercise can help safeguard you from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Exercise protects your eyes by supporting blood vessels, optimizing blood flow to your eyes, and reducing pressure within your eyes. Aim for about 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise — such as walking, jogging, dancing, or swimming — most days, for a total of 150 minutes per week.

Tip 4: Protect your eyes from sunlight and injuries

The ultraviolet light in the sun's rays can increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Wear sunglasses, and avoid direct sunlight when possible.

If you engage in activities, sports, or employment that puts your eyes at risk, wear safety goggles or other protective eyewear.

Tip 5: Take care of your overall health

The health of your body can also affect the health of your eyes. Systemic conditions that affect multiple organs in your body can also have an impact on your eyes. These include:

Be sure to see your primary care provider regularly, and take any prescription medications according to your doctor’s directions. 

Tip 6: Get regular eye exams

By having eye exams regularly — generally every two years if you're under 50, once a year if you're over 50 or wear glasses or more often if your provider recommends it — eye problems can be caught early, when they’re easiest to treat.

Contact us today to schedule an eye exam. Call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online. We’re conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, and we also offer services through our mobile eye clinic.

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