The best chance to help safe-guard your vision is to detect issues early with regular eye examinations. Between examinations, if you notice a change in your vision, or your eyes are injured in any way, contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Remember, if you are over 60 years old, you should have an eye exam every year. Eye health may also be maintained by exercise, diet, rest and other healthy habits. 

Nutrition is a Key Component of Eye Health

As part of an eye-healthy diet, choose foods rich in antioxidants, like vitamins A and C, such as leafy, green vegetables and fish. Many foods – especially fatty fish like salmon – contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the health of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision.

An inadequate intake of antioxidants, as well as over consumption of alcohol and saturated fats may create free-radical reactions that can harm the macula. A diet high in fats may also cause deposits that constrict blood flow in the arteries. 

What If Diet Just Isn’t Enough?

Studies indicate that proper nutrition is important to help maintain eye health. As we age, our eyes may not get enough nutrition through diet alone.

Ocuvite Adult 50+ MiniGels Formula Eye Vitamins help replenish vital nutrients your eyes can lose as you age.* This is our most advanced formula to help support eye health, with Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega-3.* The easy to swallow MiniGels use a highly purified fish oil and are 25% smaller than the original soft gels.

Does Smoking Affect The Eyes?

Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. While the connection has not been clearly identified, it’s a fact that smoking increases your risk of developing a variety of conditions that affect eye health. For help with quitting, visit the American Lung Association’s free online smoking cessation program – Freedom From Smoking® Online – at www.ffsonline.org.

Exercise

Exercise is important because it improves blood circulation, which, in turn, improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins. Walking, yoga and stretching and breathing, can be effective ways to exercise to help stay healthy.

Wear Sunglasses

Being outdoors on a sunny day feels wonderful – but it can be tough on your eyes. The solution? Wear sunglasses that block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Also, a hat with a wide brim will reduce the amount of UV radiation slipping around the side of your sunglasses.

At the Computer

Spending more time on the computer? Here are a few tips to help reduce the impact of computer eyestrain:

  • senior man computerKeep your computer screen within 20"-24" of your eyes
  • Keep the top of your computer screen slightly below eye level
  • Minimize the distance between your computer screen and any documents you need to reference while working
  • Use drops, such as Soothe XP Emollient (Lubricant) Eye Drops, to soothe irritated, dry eyes
  • Adjust lighting to minimize glare on the screen
  • Take a break every 15 minutes to focus on a distant object
  • Blink frequently

Eye Injuries

If your eye is injured, you should always get immediate, professional medical attention. It’s simply the best way to safeguard your vision.

*The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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