When spring and summer come, a lot of people tend to become focused on their health and wellbeing. However, a part of our body that may fall to the wayside is our eyes! Our eyesight allows us to take in all of the beauty the world has to offer so it’s important to take care of them. Here is my checklist to help you prioritize your eye health this summer!
Eat foods good for eye health
Eating nourishing foods can help better your eyesight naturally. You can improve your vision, decrease your chances of eye-related health conditions, and help protect your eyes all from nutritious foods. Foods high in vitamin A, omega-3s, and lutein are a great place to start help improving your vision overall. Incorporating these eye-healthy nutrients is actually really easy because there are tons of foods that are filled with them! Here are some ideas:
- Foods high in vitamin A will help prevent night blindness and improve eyesight – carrots, broccoli, dairy products, and squash will be a great help with these issues!
- Foods high in omega-3s can help prevent and reverse eye disease – start adding nuts, chia seeds, fish, spinach, and tofu into your diet to help.
- Lutein is a natural antioxidant that protects the retina and even helps protect your eyes from harmful blue light (which I get into, in-depth, here!) – leafy greens and other green vegetables are all high in lutein.
These foods are super easy to incorporate into your diet, especially as the weather gets nicer and you can find fresh produce and meat at local markets.
Protect your eyes
Being proactive about eye protection is just as important as any other eye health practices, like getting an eye exam or nourishing your body with the right foods. Like mentioned above, you can protect your eyes from harmful blue light and the symptoms of digital eye strain with blue light filtering glasses. These eyeglasses can be worn while you use your computer, smart phone, or tablet to help reduce dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches during extended use of digital devices.
Sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays emitted from the sun are essential to protect yourself from vision loss and cataracts. UV rays can penetrate cloud coverage so it’s important to wear them no matter the weather conditions because these harmful rays from the sun can cause sunburns on the eyes, blindness, and eye sensitivity. You can also try to stay in shaded areas when it’s sunny out or buy a cute, summery hat to add another layer of protection.
Give your eyes a rest
One of the best things you can do to help your eyesight is to give your eyes some rest! Just like everything else in our bodies, the eyes need rest to work to the best of their ability. Resting our eyes allows them to stay moisturized, can help night vision, and can stop dry eyes. Luckily, when we sleep at night the eyes get a ton of rest but if you’re feeling strained during the day here are some things you can do:
- Cover your eyes lightly with the palms of your eyes to give your eyes a break in the dark if they feel tired from being stimulated by light
- If you’re strained from looking at your computer or phone, practice the 20-20-20 method and look 20 feet away from your screen, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes
- Blink often and use moisturizing drops to refresh your eyes
These easy tips can help you boost your overall eye health, which is such a vital, but yet sometimes overlooked part of our bodies. Be sure to eat foods that can improve your vision, be vigilant about protecting your eyes and just like everything else, give your eyes some rest to help yourself have great and lasting eyesight!