When we speak of a healthy vision, we refer to the care and protection of vision both now and in the long term – it is the meaning that allows you to have an exclusive and personal vision of the world. Much of what you learn, experience and enjoy comes to you through your eyes.
Healthy vision requires healthy living, enhancing the importance of your sight and protecting the well-being of your eyes. It means getting regular eye exams. It also means using the correct graduation in case you need glasses or contact lenses. It means knowing how to protect your eyes from the glare, from the harmful UV rays, from high-risk activities. It means understanding how your lifestyle, your diet and your habits can affect the quality of your vision – today and in the future.
And healthy vision also means protecting the vision of your children.
A healthy body Healthy habits. A healthy vision
Your eyes are part of your body. Some of the same healthy habits that protect your health in general also promote visual health:
- Eat a balanced diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables
- Drink water to hydrate your body and your eyes
- Do not smoke, and avoid prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke
- Use ultraviolet protection (UV)
Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin have shown promise in research studies to reduce the risk and progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ask your doctor if you are consuming enough of them through food or if you should consider supplementing them. Remember that you do not have to spend a fortune on them. They are obtained economically in the supermarket or in the pharmacy.
Additional reminders for a healthy vision.
Studies show that a surprising amount of visual health habits are overlooked. For example, it is important to complete the treatment prescribed when you have eye problems. This means following the instructions to the letter until the medicine is finished, do not leave it half-hearted because you think you have already improved.
Remember that you should inform your visual health professional about any medication prescribed by another doctor, since unwanted side effects may occur when combining ophthalmologic medications with other prescriptions.
It is surprising how many of us work in low light or in low light conditions – try to use adequate and uniform lighting when you read or do some work that requires concentration. And it adapts the illumination of the screen of your computer to the environment in which you use it.
Both glare and UV radiation present risks and visual hazards. Take some time to understand how to reduce them, either with protective lenses or lenses that reduce glare and totally block UV rays.
There is more – much more – to take into account if you really want to commit to having a healthy sight. In this section you will find much more information that will allow you to enjoy everything that those beautiful eyes give you …