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"I'd like to be a scientist when I'm older." For 18-year-old Alusine, who's visually impaired in #SierraLeone, the future looks bright thanks to #inclusiveeducation. Image courtesy of Sightsavers.

As humans, we need to focus on optimizing our eye health as we age. The great news is that there are many things that you can implement into your lifestyle to have great, healthy eyes as you age. One of the biggest issues many people have as they age is they get cataracts and macular degeneration. This is from many things but ultimately comes from aging of the eye. If you don’t want this, you have to take control of your eye health today. In this article, I am going to be breaking down some of the things that you need to implement into your lifestyle for healthy eyes based on findings from Sightsavers.

Diet

Diet is by far the most important thing when it comes to overall eye health. If you aren’t eating the right foods, your eye health will decline over time. You should have a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, meat, and nuts. These foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for great eye health. I would recommend eating foods like green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale for these foods will add the most benefits to your eye health, Also, consume carrots and other vegetables. Another great nutrient that you can get in supplement form is lutein and zeaxanthin. These vitamins really help with your overall eye health. Finally, make sure you are getting enough vitamin D and Vitamin C in your diet. This always helps a little, too.

Dr. Adera visits patients who've had #cataractsurgery in Zambia. Thanks to support from you and #UKaid, people like Pauline can see again! #MillionMiracles. Image courtesy of Sightsavers.
Dr. Adera visits patients who’ve had #cataractsurgery in Zambia. Thanks to support from you and #UKaid, people like Pauline can see again! #MillionMiracles. Image courtesy of Sightsavers.

Sunglasses

If you want to protect your eyes through and through, you have to wear sunglasses on a regular basis. If you don’t your eyes will get macular degeneration over time. Cataracts are always a high possibility. I would definitely recommend getting a pair that blocks out 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. I would also get a polarized pair if you’re going to be driving a lot. A polarized pair typically reduces the glare. You should wear sunglasses every time you are outside no matter if it is shine or cloudy. The UV rays can always reach your eyes. Also, wear them during winter as well.

Limit screen time

Let’s face it. Most of us are always in front of the screen. Whether it is for a job or just for leisure, most of us spend way too much time in front of them. This can really hurt our eyes over time. If you stay in front of a screen for prolonged periods of time, you will most likely get eye strain. You can also get blurry vision and your eyes will have a hard time focusing at a distance. This can really lead to macular degeneration over time.

In the end, we have to take our eye health into our own hands. No one is going to optimize it for us on a daily basis. I recommend checking out Sightsavers, a non-profit that specializes in promoting equal opportunities for people with disabilities, to get more information about protecting your overall eye health.

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