6 Ways to Naturally Support Your Eye Health

Filed Under: Vision Health
Last Reviewed 02/18/2016

6 Ways to Naturally Support Your Eye Health

Supporting your eye health is important throughout your life, but becomes especially important as you get older. The good news is, there are several simple ways to naturally support your eye health—most of which involve basic lifestyle changes. Here are some of the top ones I recommend.

  1. Get moving. Researchers in the UK found that higher levels of physical activity have a long-term beneficial impact on low ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), a significant risk factor for glaucoma. More specifically, study participants who had exercised moderately 15 years previously had a 25 percent reduced risk of low OPP.

  2. Eat foods high in antioxidants. Free radical damage is one of the primary causes of vision loss and other eye conditions, so one of the best ways to naturally support your eye health is with antioxidants. Increase your intake of these important nutrients by eating more vegetables and fruits, especially dark, leafy greens. In one study, men who ate cooked spinach twice a week had half the risk of cataract surgery compared to those who ate it less than once a month. Plus, another study found that women who ate spinach five times a week had a 45 percent reduced risk of cataracts. Other foods linked to supporting eye health and reducing risk of vision loss include broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, melons and citrus fruits.

  3. Take off your sunglasses. There’s no doubt that excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) can damage your eyes. However, wearing sunglasses all the time blocks wavelengths of light that not only nourish the eyes but are essential for optimal health. So let a little sun in your eyes—just make sure you get adequate amounts of antioxidants to counter any free radical damage, and never look directly at the sun.

  4. Include one whole egg in your daily diet. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two nutrients (called carotenoids) that are concentrated in the macula. One good source of these carotenoids is egg yolks. In fact, one study found that eating six eggs per week increased density of the macular pigment and raised blood levels of zeaxanthin, but had no effect on cholesterol.

  5. Quit smoking. Smoking triples risk of cataracts and quadruples risk of macular degeneration.

  6. Take supplements for vision health, along with a quality daily multivitamin, for extra support.

Now it’s your turn: What do you do to support your eye health?

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