5 EASY WAYS TO IM­PROVE YOUR EYE­SIGHT

FROM WHAT YOU EAT TO WHAT YOU WEAR, IM­PROVE YOUR EYE­SIGHT NAT­U­RALLY WITH THESE EASY TIPS

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EAT RIGHT: The an­tiox­i­dant vi­ta­mins in fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles — es­pe­cially kale, spinach, broc­coli and col­lard greens — may lower the risk of ad­vanced age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion (AMD). Re­search has also shown that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids — in­clud­ing salmon, al­ba­core tuna, wal­nuts and chia seeds — are ben­e­fi­cial. How­ever, the same re­sults were not shown from tak­ing omega-3 sup­ple­ments.

JUNK IT: It’s time to toss cakes, cook­ies, potato chips, candy and other pro­cessed snack foods. A study in the Ar­chives of Oph­thal­mol­ogy says fat­filled snack foods may heighten the risk of AMD.

GET MOV­ING: Walk a half an hour ev­ery day, and if you can, try par­tic­i­pat­ing in more stren­u­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like yoga, sports or other aer­o­bic ac­tiv­i­ties. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can help pre­vent eye con­di­tions like AMD, glau­coma and di­a­betic retinopa­thy, which are linked to obe­sity and be­ing out of shape.

BE SHADY: When you’re out­side in bright sun­light, wear sun­glasses and a hat with a vi­sor to pro­tect your eyes from po­ten­tially harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) light and blue light.

QUIT IT: Re­search shows that smok­ers are up to four times more likely than non-smok­ers to de­velop AMD, and a-pack-a-day-or-more puffers dou­ble their like­li­hood of get­ting the most com­mon form of blind­ness among the el­derly.

Eat­ing foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, may pre­vent mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion.

Fun Fact The av­er­age blink lasts for about a 10th of a sec­ond! Get out and be ac­tive, but wear a vi­sor and sun­glasses to pro­tect your eyes.

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