Superman Vision- our ultimate eyesight goal
“– Oh Granny, what big eyes you have!
All the better to see you with.”
Remember the conversation between Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf from the beloved children’s story?
We’re here to tell you that you don’t need bigger eyes, but you do need to take care of the ones you have!
Every year in March, the American Optometric Association launches the National Save Your Vision Month campaign, which is designed to promote good eye health. Last year, the campaign promoted awareness around digital eye strain and how important it is to do regular eye check-ups.
Research from the National Health Interview Survey shows that at least 32 million adult Americans have trouble with their eyesight. Seeing how sight is one of the important five senses, we’ve come up with a list of tips that everybody should follow to maintain their healthy vision:
1. Trust your veggies
Bugs Bunny had impeccable vision from all the carrots he was always eating. Be more like Bugs! Carrots are rich in beta-carotene that our body transforms into Vitamin A.
Vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc are known for supporting better vision, preventing macular degeneration, and maintaining retinal function. You can get these key nutrients from foods like broccoli, spinach, red peppers, strawberries, or from organic supplements. Foods that contain Omega 3, like salmon, are also recommended for better eyesight.
2. Smoking is terrible for your eyes
Each time we make a list of what you should avoid if you want to stay healthy, smoking comes out on top. Guess what? It can affect your vision too! Research shows that smokers are more likely to develop cataracts, as well as age-related macular degeneration. AMD is a condition in which the macula, the part of the eye that controls vision, deteriorates with time.
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3. Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement
Everybody loves a good pair of sunglasses! My favorite ones are cat-eye shaped with red or animal print rims. But sunglasses have a far more important role than just making us look cool. They protect our eyes from the harmful UV rays that can cause retinal damage. They protect our eyelids from wrinkles and skin cancer and help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, or pterygium.
Choose a pair that blocks out 99 to 100 percent of the UVA and UVB sunlight radiation.
4. The sacred 20-20-20 rule
Nowadays, most people are working in front of a computer all day long. That can put serious strain on your eyes, causing eye fatigue.
To make sure you don’t put too much pressure on your eyes, follow the simple 20-20-20 rule every time you find yourself nose-deep in your computer screen.
Every 20 minutes, stop working, shift your sight from your computer screen, and look at any object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It’s easy and you don’t even need to get up from your desk (though you might want to because sitting all day in the same position is also bad for you).
5. Be aware of your family history
Sit down for a second and think about your family members. Does your grandma have glaucoma? Do you have any close or distant relatives with diabetic retinopathy or AMD?
You should know your family’s eye disease history because there’s a high chance of you developing the same disease too.
Nevertheless, there is an important component that might help you keeping your vision healthy and sharp: Liquid Ionic Zinc. This element is especially beneficial for supporting good night vision and for counteracting conditions like age-related macular degeneration.
Contact your ophthalmologist and have regular check-ups to prevent or diagnose any illness that might run in your family before it’s too late.
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