No doubt we all started the New Year with a list of health related resolutions for 2021 but how many have we already given up on? Well there’s definitely one goal we should all add to our list that often gets overlooked when thinking about our health and that’s to start looking after our eye health!
In this blog we explain the simple steps you can take to achieve this goal and protect your eyesight now and for years to come.
Know Your Family’s Eye Health History.
Knowledge is power! Many eye diseases and conditions including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy have a genetic component and tend to run in families. Familiarise yourself with your family’s eye health history and share it with your eye doctor so you can catch any potential signs of disease early, when treatments are most effective.
Make it a goal to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your everyday routine. Healthy weight and normal blood pressure levels are key to improving your overall health, including your eyes.
Choose not to smoke. Several research studies suggest smoking can likely increase deterioration of the macula due to the increased chemical compounds in the bloodstream, reducing blood and oxygen flow to the eye.
The sun’s UV rays aren’t just harmful to your skin. UV-A and UV-B rays have also been shown to be major contributing factors in the development of many potentially devastating eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, cataracts and more. So whether it’s summer or winter, resolve to wear UV-blocking sunglasses whenever you are outside during the day to keep your eyes protected from harmful UV rays all year round.
Follow the 20/20/20 Rule
With screen time on tablets, phones, laptops and desktops at record high levels, many of us are hunching our shoulders and straining our eyes to catch up on the latest news and posts. This increased screen time and exposure to blue light can lead to Computer Eye Syndrome (tired eyes, blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry eyes, headaches and shoulder or neck pain.) To relieve these effects, follow the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes or so, give your eyes a break by looking at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. It’s a quick and easy way to relieve some of the strain screen time puts on your eyes.
Schedule an annual eye exam.
An annual eye exam is recommended for everyone, especially for those aged 50+ and even when vision issues aren’t apparent. Having a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat vision issues. Consult your local optometrist and make an annual eye exam to detect issues early and ensure proper treatment so you can continue seeing clearly.
Boost your diet with carotenoids.
A diet rich in carotenoids from green leafy vegetables and rainbow fruits has been proven to be good for your vision.
Scientists from the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have proven that our eyes need 10mg Lutein, 10mg Meso-Zeaxanthin and 2mg Zeaxanthin to successfully rebuild macular pigment in our eyes, protect against AMD and improve vision1,2.
Sadly with the nutritional quality of food dropping world-wide, it is nearly impossible to get enough carotenoids from diet alone. And that’s where MacuPrime food supplements can help.
One small capsule everyday gives you the exact amount of carotenoids that have been shown to be effective in the Waterford Institute of Technology CREST studies. You would need to eat 1.7 cups of kale, 11,904 whole trout and 1.8 cups of orange pepper every day, to get the amount of carotenoids that are contained in just one MacuPrime capsule.
So take your first step towards better eye health today and add one MacuPrime capsule to your daily routine, then relax knowing your eyes are getting the nutrients and protection they need every day.