There is no time like the present to focus awareness on eye health and undetected vision problems. Begin by adding nutrients to your diet that promote good vision, such as antioxidants (including beta-carotene and lutein and zeaxanthin found in green leafy vegetables), which protect the central portion of the retina from sun damage. In addition, foods such as garlic, onions, shallots, and capers are rich in sulfur, cysteine, and lecithin, which help protect the eye lens from cataract formation. Vitamins A, C, and E and minerals such as copper and zinc are also essential to eyesight. Beyond that, vary your focus, and rest your eyes 10 minutes for every 50 minutes spent reading or in front of the computer. A proper diet includes vitamins and minerals that provide your eyes with the nutrients they need to function. There are certain vision diseases and conditions that exhibit few, if any, symptoms until well advanced. That makes it critical for men and women, especially those over age 40, to have routine eye health examinations. For healthier eyes, don’t smoke, limit your exposure to cigarette smoke (which may increase optic pressure), and wear sunglasses to protect eyes from UV exposure (which can lead to cataracts).
May 03, 2013