Eye love you
Take care of your eyesight
There are so many wonderful things to see, like the beauty of nature and the smiles of your loved ones. Nothing compares to seeing for yourself the things you love literally – and that's why taking care of your eyesight matters much. Here are some simple ways to show your eyes some love.
To make sure your eyes are in perfect condition, make healthy food choices. Aside from vitamin A, vitamins C and E are also good for your eyes. So are zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein. Get your fill of these nutrients from green, leafy vegetables like green bell pepper and malunggay; oily fish like tuna or bangus; non-meat protein sources like nuts and beans; and citrus fruits like ponkan and dalandan.
Protect your peepers
Wear your favorite shades when you step out during daytime. More than making you look good, sunglasses shield your eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration (which makes it hard for you to see fine details). When you buy a pair of sunnies, make sure it can protect your eyes 100% from both UV A and B rays and is very comfy and sturdy for regular use. Keep in mind, too, that you don't have to buy a big-name brand of shades to protect your eyes.
Take care of yourself
When you take care of your body, you also take care of your eyes. Do not overeat and limit your intake of food high in fat and sugar to avoid developing diabetes and getting high blood pressure. These conditions can lead to different eye diseases, like cataracts (cloudy but painless areas in the eye lens) and glaucoma (abnormally high fluid pressure in the eye). Don't forget to exercise regularly, too, to maintain healthy blood-sugar and blood-pressure levels.
Rest your eyes
Your hardworking eyes deserve some rest, too. Take a quick break from what you're doing – such as reading or sewing – and just close your eyes for a moment. If you're using the computer, pause for 20 seconds every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away. Overworking your eyes leads to eyestrain, which you can also avoid by working in a well-lit area.
Go for regular checkups
Let your eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) be your partner in taking care of your eyesight. Regular eye examinations (at least every two years for those who are 19-60 years old) give an opportunity to spot possible problems and solve them early on. During an eye exam, your doctor can also measure your vision to check if you need to start wearing eyeglasses or if changes need to be made in your current pair. Just think: A quick visit to the doctor can save you from a lot of trouble in the future.