It’s never too late, or too early, to think about how you can either improve or maintain your eye health. Whether you are having problems due to ageing, lifestyle or a health condition, or your eyes are fine but you want to keep them that way – there are several things you can do to make a difference.
#1 – Supplements
We know that vitamin A is important for eye health, as it helps you see well at night and also keeps the eye lubricated, while the antioxidants in vitamin C can help tackle damaging free radicals. Other important things to either include in your diet or take in supplement form include omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil, and of course, oily fish like salmon and mackerel), vitamin E, zinc, selenium, carotenoids like lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin (in beef, eggs and some veg), zinc, and copper. (Always ask a professional for advice before mixing supplements.)
#2 – Water
For optimum eye health make water your first choice over caffeinated and soft drinks to avoid conditions like dry eyes that can be the result of dehydration. This isn’t only important if you are exercising or losing a lot of fluid, say through sweating in a hot environment, as the body loses a lot of water as it goes about its normal daily functions.
Feeling thirsty is an easily recognized sign that you are dehydrating, but unlike other symptoms like headaches and muscle cramps you may not realize that your eyes are not making tears, and instead are very vulnerable to vision problems, irritation, and eye strain.
#3 – Eyedrops
Eyedrops play multiple roles in maintaining eye health and helping with some health issues they develop. For example, lubricants like artificial tears can be a real help if you work in an air-conditioned space that dries your eyes out, but always choose the brands without preservatives for the best results; there are often different versions available for contact lens users too.
#4 – Eye Protection
Safety glasses are a pretty obvious must if working with any kind of machinery, so make sure to goggle up before using a drill or similar. It is also important to have regular eye checks, whether you wear glasses or not, as their condition can change from year to year. Lastly, get into the habit of wearing sunglasses with UV protection, to help protect against cataracts and eyelid skin cancer.
#5 – Anti-glare Eyeware
Many people spend a good part of every day looking at either a computer monitor or a phone/tablet screen, and as a result, are suffering from a condition labelled as ‘digital eye strain’.
Combat the problems your eyes experience by wearing Ambr Eyewear – Glasses for the computer, as all lenses are coated with a premium anti-glare product. Your eyes will feel more relaxed, your vision clearer, and your focus sharper, and there will be no more painful glare to battle with.
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.