As we discuss Glaucoma Awareness Month, our thoughts have turned to what you can do to maintain good eye health and prevent, or reduce the severity of eye diseases like glaucoma. Whether you are at risk from an eye condition, have received stem cell application for an eye condition, or believe that you have perfectly healthy eyes, it is important that you don’t take your eye health for granted.
Eat Well To See Well
Your eye health begins with what you eat. Studies show that omega 3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C can all help to prevent age-related vision loss like macular degeneration (America’s number one cause of blindness) and cataracts. Although carrots have always been heralded as great for eye health they do not actually contain the antioxidants most commonly found in the eye, lutein and zeaxanthin. To protect your eyes try eating kale, spinach and other green leafy vegetables; oily fish like tuna and salmon; non-meat protein sources such as nuts, pulses and eggs; citrus fruits and juices like oranges and grapefruits.
By maintaining a healthy diet you will also be more likely to keep a healthy weight which will make you less susceptible to type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is linked to serious conditions that can lead to blindness, such as glaucoma and retinopathy.
Protect Your Eyes
We all know the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. You can’t exactly wear sun screen on your eyes, but you can make sure you wear good sunglasses to help protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
Exposure to UV rays will make you more likely to develop cataracts or macular degeneration. Try to get sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays; wraparound glasses will protect your eyes from the side and are important if you spend a lot of time outside, for example if you have a job that is outdoors or play a lot of sport. Even if you wear contact lenses that offer some UV protection, wearing sunglasses will ensure that you are fully protected from the sun’s damaging rays.
Be Screen Aware
Spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen can tire your eyes out, causing eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches and neck or back pain. To protect your eyes from strain and damage, make sure you look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes, make sure your glasses or lens prescription is up to date, and try to angle your computer screen so that your eyes are level with the top of the screen. This will mean that you have to look down slightly to view your screen.
You can do a lot to keep your eyes healthy and to maintain good vision. However, some people suffer from eye conditions despite taking good care of their eyes. If you have glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, stem cell application can help to repair the damage caused by the disease. This can prevent further damage to the eyes and, in some cases, even reverse some, or all, of the existing damage. If you would like to find out more about how stem cell application could help you to regain your vision, get in touch today for a free consultation with one of our qualified US based case managers.