Eye protection tips for much more clarity
(NC)—Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in Canada and is marked by a loss in central vision, which means that people suffering from the condition cannot read or recognize faces. There are more than one million people living with AMD in this country and approximately 100,000 of them have experienced blindness or partial sight as a result, according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
Michael Roizen, M.D., author and co-founder of RealAge.com, shares some lifestyle tips here to make sure you're protecting two very important assets – your eyes:
Get moving. Exercise isn't just good for your waist size, it can also help to reduce eye pressure, which is important in supporting healthy eye function. Research published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science showed that joggers who averaged a little over a mile a day reduced their risk of developing AMD by 36 percent. Those who were really into it and jogged about five miles a day reduced their risk by 54 percent.
Feed your eyes. What's good for your heart and brain is good for your eyes – especially when it comes to nutrition. The connections aren't too surprising – your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients just like your brain does, and your heart relies on much larger arteries. Keeping all those arteries healthy will help your vision throughout life. Make sure your diet includes a mix of vitamins and eye-healthy nutrients, including lutein, zeaxanthin, DHA and EPA omega-3s and the vitamins A, C and E. You can find these nutrients in a variety of foods and in daily supplements – like Ocuvite, or Vitalux, to name just a few.
Shield and protect. Sunglasses aren't just a fashion statement or wardrobe accessory, they serve an important role in protecting your vision. No matter how well you eat or how much exercise you get, you can reduce your risk of experiencing vision problems even further by wearing UVA-blocking sunglasses.
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