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Preventing, detecting eye problems key to vision health

It’s one of our most important senses, but people often take it for granted.

For some reason, people tend to put eyesight on the back burner instead of being proactive. Especially for people who don’t wear glasses or contacts, it can be years between visits to the eye doctor.  It’s important to take care of our eyes because they are so valuable to virtually every aspect of life.

Preventative eye care is the solution. Vitamins are an easy way to help maintain good eyesight.

To better protect the eyes between exams, lutein is one of the best things you can take. It helps to protect the macula, which controls central vision.

Lutein is found in many vitamin supplements as well as in green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.

In addition to lutein, beta-carotene, found in carrots, and omega-3, found in fish oil, are also important for healthy eyes.

Fish oil is extremely valuable, not only for eye health, but for overall health, as well. The omega-3 is found in several different types of fish, but for those who don’t care for fish or want a more concentrated dose, fish oil supplements are the way to go.

Vitamins A, C and E have also been found to promote better eye health.

Vitamins require minimal effort, but they can provide numerous benefits. Taking supplements can prevent dry eyes, macular degeneration and even cataracts.

Vitamin supplements can really be amazing and the benefits can go beyond eye health, but it’s important to consult your own physician or optometrist before starting a vitamin regimen.

Children’s eye care is especially important. Taking care of kids’ eyes is crucial.

It’s so important to address eye care from Day 1. A child’s eyes should be checked at every health exam throughout the toddler years, and then they should be visiting an optometrist in addition to having regular eye screenings at school.

She said catching problems early will lead to a better quality of life and better vision.

A lot of times, a teacher will be the one to notice a child with vision problems, but ideally, we would like to catch any problems even before they get to school. The earlier a problem is detected, the less likely it will become permanent.

Eye rubbing, squinting and poor focusing can be red flags. Vitamins can also benefit kids’ eyes but should be cleared by a doctor or optometrist first.

Just staying on top of regular eye exams can make a world of difference for both children and adults. Most people don’t hesitate to visit a doctor if their back is hurting or even if they are having hearing problems. If we pay the same attention to our eyes, we will all be able to see the world a little better.

Five Natural Strategies that May Help Protect Your Healthy Vision

There are natural, common-sense strategies you can employ to help protect your healthy vision.

    1. Quit smoking, if you currently do. Smoking ramps up free radical production  throughout your body, and puts you at risk for less-than-optimal health in many ways. If you want healthy vision for your whole life, you cannot afford to risk less-than-optimal eye health with cigarettes.
    1. Care for your cardiovascular system. High blood pressure can cause damage to the miniscule blood vessels on your retina, obstructing free blood flow.
    1. Normalize your blood sugar. Excessive sugar in your blood can pull fluid from the lens of your eye, affecting your ability to focus. And, it can damage the blood vessels in your retina, also obstructing blood flow.
    1. Eat plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetables, especially kale. Your mother was right – eat your vegetables. Studies have shown that a diet rich in dark leafy greens  helps support eye health. And that those with the highest consumption of carotenoid-rich vegetables, especially ones rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, had increased vision health.
  1. Consume omega-3 rich foods such as fresh caught salmon – or supplement with krill oil. A study published in the August 2001 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology found that consuming omega-3 fatty acids was protective of your healthy vision.

However – especially if you’re a Baby Boomer or older – you may want to hedge your bets on wise supplementation to help protect your eyes’ healthy function