Su­per 7

Have your eye on the ball with th­ese tips on keep­ing your peep­ers healthy…

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Know your fam­ily his­tory

Al­most a third of peo­ple are un­aware that glau­coma and other eye con­di­tions run in their fam­ily. Be­ing aware of any hered­i­tary con­di­tions is cru­cial in un­der­stand­ing the long-term health of your eyes. Speak to your par­ents and grand­par­ents and ask them th­ese im­por­tant ques­tions. Know­ing a spe­cific con­di­tion runs in your fam­ily can help you take nec­es­sary steps early on in life to pre­vent your eyes from de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in the fu­ture.

Curb the al­co­hol

Drink­ing in mod­er­a­tion is ac­tu­ally en­cour­aged to main­tain good health, but when com­bined with smok­ing and a poor diet, al­co­hol can lead to visual im­pair­ment and dam­age to the op­tic nerve. This dam­age makes colours seem faded. Women should drink no more than three units – or one glass of wine – per day.

Get mov­ing

Fre­quent ex­er­cise is es­sen­tial in main­tain­ing a healthy BMI, which in turn is im­por­tant for keep­ing our eyes healthy. Stud­ies have shown that peo­ple who ex­er­cise reg­u­larly are 70 per­cent less likely to de­velop a de­gen­er­a­tive eye dis­ease, such as age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. There’s also a much higher chance of de­vel­op­ing glau­coma if you don’t get a reg­u­lar work­out.

Watch your waist­line

Be­ing over­weight can im­pact the health of our eyes. As they are the only body parts where bare nerves and ar­ter­ies can be seen with­out cut­ting the skin, our eyes can ex­pose tell-tale signs of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and di­a­betes, which can both be caused by be­ing over­weight. Get­ting cataracts later in life is also linked to a larger waist­line.

Quit smok­ing

There is a strong link be­tween smok­ing and the devel­op­ment of cataracts. In fact, smok­ers are four times more likely to de­velop mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion than non-smok­ers. In ad­di­tion, a smoker’s risk of de­vel­op­ing cataracts goes hand in hand with the num­ber of cig­a­rettes smoked – those who smoke heav­ily are more likely to de­velop se­vere cataracts later in life.

Care at work

For those of us who spend a lot of time star­ing at com­puter screens, this is when we ne­glect our eyes the most. Your screen should be at least 24 inches away from your face. Re­mem­ber to take breaks away from the screen with the 20-20-20 rule: look at some­thing 20 feet away for 20 sec­onds ev­ery 20 min­utes to re­duce eye strain.

Eat healthy

Healthy eat­ing is es­sen­tial for healthy eyes. Foods rich in lutein, a vi­ta­min found in leafy greens such as kale, help de­lay the on­set of cataracts, while foods rich in Omega-3, such as oily fish, are be­lieved to pre­vent dry eyes. Zinc, which is found in cheese, milk and poul­try, is known topro­mote bet­ter vi­sion.

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