Preserve Your Vision
SIMPLE TIPS TO PRESERVE YOUR EYESIGHT
According to Vision Australia, nearly 300,000 Australians are blind or vision impaired, and this figure is expected to rise to 421,600 by 2021 as more baby boomers reach retirement age according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Ravinder Lilly, Nutritionist from USANA Health Sciences, a global producer of leading nutritional supplements, has some top tips on caring for your eyesight, “Protecting your eye health is essential and many people are unaware of how best to do this. There are some simple ways to care for your eyes and preserve healthy vision on a daily basis that people of all ages should adhere to.”
1. Shield with shades
2. Screen time and downtime
3. Nourish yourself
Smoking increases the risk of age-related mascular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. The noxious mix of chemicals in cigarette smoke robs the blood vessels of oxygen. Smoking also reduces the levels of two key antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin.
5. Nutritional supplements
According to the UK not-for-profit organisation Sight Support, ‘we need 6-10mg (lutein) a day. It is estimated that the average western diet contains only 2-3mg per day, which means most of us lack lutein in our food'.
Ravinder says, ‘Another study showed that lutein supplementation of 15 mg every three days significantly improved visual sharpness and glare sensitivity in older people. Plus patients given lutein had improved macular function‘.
The Macular Degeneration Foundation Australia agrees, saying, ‘Lutein has been shown to be protective of MD. If your diet is deficient in fresh fruit and vegetables, a lutein supplement should be considered.’
6. See an optician
You cannot self diagnose eye problems such as AMD so regular check-ups with an optician are essential to ensure your eye health.
“By incorporating a combination of the tips above into daily life, eyesight health can be protected and the risk of the incidence of mascular degeneration lessened. Maintaining a healthy diet and taking sensible approaches to protecting the eyes are vital to supporting vision,” ends Ravinder Lilly.
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