I don’t know about you, but for me my sight is even more important to me than being able to walk. It’s that important.
If you read my last blog I gave 6 ways you could start protecting your site against the 4 Thieves of Sight. Because your sight is so important I wanted to continue the discussion with 5 more ways you can prevent The Thieves of Sight.
Snack on an orange or red fruit or vegetable at least once a day.
A tangerine, a clementine, a handful of ripe strawberries, strips of red bell pepper.. these high vitamin C foods add delicious sweetness and crunch to snack time and pack an eye-guarding bonus. In a study of 247 women, ages 56 to 71, those who got the most vitamin C over 10 years cut their risk for early signs of cataracts by 77 percent. Some researchers think that if more people ate high-antioxidant foods, including those rich in vitamin C, it would cut the need for cataract surgeries in half.
Have Salmon burgers tonight for dinner
Yet another study has found that omega-3 fatty acids, and by extension, flaxseed, can reduce the risk of AMD. The results of a Harvard Study, showed that people with a high intake of omega-6 (vegetable oils) were more likely to develop macular degeneration, while those with combination of lower omega-6 intake and higher omega-3 intake were less likely to have the disease.
Ask your doctor about a vision-protection supplement
If you have intermediate-stage AMD in one or both eyes, or advanced AMD in just one eye, ask your doctor about taking a well-studied supplement containing antioxidants, zinc, and copper. In a large study, this combo cut risk for AMD progression by 25 percent and reduced AMD-related vision loss by 19 percent. The winning combination contained 500 milligrams of vitamin C; 400 international units of vitamin E; 15 milligrams of beta-carotene; 80 milligrams of zinc as zinc oxide; and 2 milligrams of copper as cupric oxide (Copper is added to avoid copper deficiencies that can be the result of getting high levels of zinc.)
Don’t take high-dose antioxidant supplements of C,E, and/or Beta-carotene alone – studies show that without zinc, they don’t seem to help. And if you smoke, skip this supplement completely. Studies show that smokers who take beta-carotene supplements may raise risk for lung cancer.
Ask your doctor about preventative eye drops
If you have a family history of glaucoma or elevated eye pressure but no sign of nerve damage, using pressure-lowering eye drops could drastically reduce your odds for developing glaucoma in the future, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. They found that people who used preventative drops for five years cut their odds for glaucoma-related optic nerve damage in half.
Pamper your eyes
If you have diabetes, high blood sugar raises your risk for cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy – damaged blood vessels within the eye that leads to blindness. Controlling your blood sugar and getting a yearly eye exam in which the doctor dilates your pupils to look carefully at the inside of your eyes can greatly reduce your chances of future vision troubles.
Here are three more things you can control that can hurt your vision as you age:
Yes, this is really a thing. When researchers tracked nearly 4,000 residents of a town in Wisconsin for 15 years, they found that those who climbed more than six flights of steps a day or walked more than 12 blocks were 70 percent less likely to develop advanced AMD than their more sedentary neighbors. Turns out a sedentary lifestyle – called sitting disease – can even harm your eyes!
Cigarette-smokers are up to four times more likely than nonsmokers to be blinded by AMD later in life.
Seriously. Tight neckties raised the pressure of fluid within the eye – a risk factor for glaucoma – significantly in a study of 40 men conducted at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. And if you do have glaucoma, a snuggly cinched tie could make it worse. If you wear neckties, you should be able to easily slip two fingers inside your collar. If you can’t, loosen up your tie.
Start protecting your sight today. It's that important!
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