In my previous blog I revealed the 4 thieves of sight. If you would like to read it you can do so here: The Thieves of Sight.
Now I would like to focus on how you can prevent these 4 thieves of sight.
You can lower your odds for ever having many common vision problems by following these smart lifestyle steps.
Order bouillabaisse or pasta with clam sauce the next time you dine
Shellfish, such as clams, oysters, and mussels, are rich sources of zinc – a mineral known to protect against AMD (Age-related macular degeneration). Other good zinc sources include lean meat, wheat germ, whole grains, and yogurt.
Start the day with Steel Cut Oatmeal
Packed with fiber, this breakfast cereal is especially good at keeping your blood sugar on an even keel. Your eyes will thank you. In a study from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, 500 women, ages 53 to 73, who chose high-fiber foods such as oatmeal – and steered clear of white bread, sugary drinks, and high-sugar desserts – cut their risk for developing early signs of AMD in half, compared with women who ate high-sugar, refined-carbohydrate foods.
Why steel cut and not just regular oatmeal? Steel Cut Oatmeal is less processed than your regular oatmeal therefore it retains more of its nutritional value.
Cook up a dinner omelet.
Fast and fresh, a two-egg omelet is a delicious evening meal. The bonus for your eyes: Egg yolks are the food world’s richest, most easily absorbable and usable source of eye-protecting antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and seaxanthin accumulate in the eye’s lens and retina, creating a natural filter from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sun damage is a leading cause of cataracts and AMD. People who get plenty of these healthy antioxidants have a 20 percent lower risk for cataracts and a 40 percent lower risk for AMD.
Add a side of dark, leafy greens.
Adding spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collards, or other greens to salads, soups, and sandwiches is a smart, eye-protecting move. They’re also rich in the eye-protecting antioxidants lutein and Zeaxanthin, as well as beta-carotene.
Wear sunglasses in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.
Year-round protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays can help lower your odds for major vision-robbing problems, as well as eye cancer, nerve damage, and even burns on your cornea. Think of sunglasses as sunblock for your eyes. Look for close-fitting shades (like wrap-around styles) that entirely block UVA and UVB rays. The price and the color of the lenses won’t affect how well they deflect the sun’s damage. If you already have sunglasses that you like, get the UV protection level checked at an optical shop – most are equipped with a machine called a photometer that can gauge UV-blocking levels.
Add a broad-brimmed hat.
Not only good at protecting your skin, wearing a hat can also protect your vision. You may be especially vulnerable to sun damage if your eyes are blue, if you spend lots of time outdoors – especially at the beach, on the water, or on snow, which reflect and magnify sun exposure – or if you take sun-sensitizing drugs (ask your doctor about your prescriptions; many classes on drugs have this effect). If any of these apply to you, wear a broad-brimmed hat plus sunglasses for double protection.
You know how important your sight is to you. There is no better time than right now to start protecting them!
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