Weekly Health Tips 11/14/2011
Lifestyle has an impact on the health of your Eyes
We have all heard that eating the right foods and exercising regularly affects your heart and cholesterol count. But you may not have heard that those things also have a surprising effect on the health of your eyes and your vision.
Here's how to best protect your eyes...
Maintaining a healthy body through exercise helps not only the heart and eyes but all the organs of the body. Obesity affects the blood flow to the eyes, this raises the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a slow-progressing eye disorder that is the leading cause of blindness in those over 65. Plus, regular exercise reduces the intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma, a symptom less disorder that also causes blindness.
Reduce your weight
A study in the International Journal of Obesity found women with a body mass index of 30 or more have an increased risk of cataracts, a clouding of the eye lens.
Ditch smoking as a smoker you are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration. Plus, you are 2.9 times more prone to get cataracts much earlier then the norm age of 70.
Each time you light up, smoking harms the blood vessels in the eye. Quitting halts blood vessel damage and reduces the risk for these diseases.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
When your mom told you that carrots were good for your eyes... she was right! Other fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, mangos, and peaches also contain large amounts of Vitamin A and beta carotene. Vitamin A has been known to reduce the risk of glaucoma and macular degeneration. Green leafy veggies such as spinach, kale, and swiss chard are loaded with lutein and carotiniods crucial for the health of the retina. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts and some vegetable oils, also lower the risk and progression of age-related macular degeneration blocking the buildup in plaque in the arteries and reducing inflammation. Foods rich in vitamin C such as green and red peppers and tomatoes help protect the eyes against damage from ultraviolet light.
Remember to wear shades
Cover up with sunglasses to protect your eyes from UVA and UVB sun rays. These rays are known to damage the conjunctiva, whites of the eyes. Buy large frames or those that fit close to your eyes.
Get regular eye exams
Even if you do not have a vision problem scheduling an eye exam is important for eye health.
Presented by Dr. Cimperman and Dr. Gallagher
The information contained in this email is for educational purposes only and is not meant to treat, cure or diagnose any health condition, illness or disease. Please contact a qualified health care provider with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your health.