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Eye Care

EyeEyes are the most sensitive sensory organs of our body and demand special care for their well being. But due to lack of knowledge and carelessness people tend to overlook its importance. Daily eye care is a simple and natural process that is not only simple but also involves very less time. It includes some dietary restrictions, life style maintenance, and some self-imposed regulations.

Diet holds the key for eye care. Regular intake of carotene rich fruits and dark green vegetables works as natural supporting tool for general eye care. Consuming the appropriate food that contains the right vitamins to assist in keeping the eyes healthy is a vital part of eye care. There are numerous ailments pertaining to the eye and the right diet can decrease the threat of these diseases.

Antioxidants-Averting eye ailments

  • Antioxidants assist in averting several ailments related to the eyes. Antioxidants contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A.
  • These antioxidants are considered beneficial in averting age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye ailments.
  • Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants and those that are well pigmented contain a greater concentration of antioxidants.
  • Hence while selecting fruits and vegetables, it is imperative to observe the color. The ones with more color to should be preferred.

Intensity of antioxidants is more in unprocessed form of fruits and vegetables which are lost through cooking, canning, drying, and freezing.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant found in animal products such as liver and eggs in addition to fruits and vegetables such as carrots and spinach. Most kinds of milk are also strengthened with vitamin A. Vitamin A is vital for the retina to function properly. It is also useful in averting night blindness as it assists the eye to adjust to the difference between bright light and darkness.

Vitamin C is another vital antioxidant that is useful in diminishing the menace of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract formation. Vitamin C can be obtained from citrus fruits, orange juice, green peppers, strawberries, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.

As far as eye care is concerned, Vitamin E has been connected to the deterrence of cataracts and the slowing down of cataract growth. Nuts, green leafy vegetables, and fortified products such as cereal are rich sources of Vitamin E.

Apart from healthy diet some care need to be taken with respect to the care of eyes.

  • Care needs to be taken to save eyes from sun. Overexposure to sun rays affects the eyes adversely. But if one is bound to work in sun due to professional obligations, it’s imperative to protect the eyes by wearing good quality sunglasses.
  • Use of contact lenses for longer period of time should be avoided.
  • Active or passive smoking initiates formation of cataract and macular degeneration which is completely irrevocable. It is thus wise to stop smoking and avoid an atmosphere where these is chance for passive smoking.
  • It is better to support eye care remedies with natural exercise processes. However, it is highly recommended to take the exercise direction from the consulting ophthalmologist for optimum care.
  • Adequate sleep and rest will help in maintaining eye health in a consistent way.