The best way to reduce or prevent eye strain is to limit your screen time, however, that’s not always possible. If you have to (or want to) look at your screens for extended periods of times, try employing the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a break from the screen, and look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. It’s more beneficial if you look away for longer than 20 seconds, but shifting your focus to a more distant object can help with your visual acuity as well as help your eye muscles relax.
You’ve most certainly heard how important a balanced diet is for your overall health. Unsurprisingly, what you eat can affect your eyes as well. The old adage that carrots will improve your eyesight isn’t entirely false. The vitamin A our bodies get from carrots can help protect your eye health as vitamin A deficiency can cause blindness. Carrots are not going to improve your vision if you get enough vitamin A in your diet as is, but foods with vitamin A can be useful for maintaining your vision.
While most people have heard of the visual benefits of carrots, what’s less well known are the benefits of fruit and green leafy vegetables. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get enough of them. Spinach, kale, collard greens, and other such veggies contain carotenoids, zinc, vitamins C and E, and the antioxidant lutein. Lutein increases pigment density in the macula, helping lower your risk for macular degeneration. Colfwater fish — like salmon, tuna, halibut — are also beneficial for eye health. Fish are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which may protect your eyes against age-related diseases.
If you are diabetic, it is vital to keep your blood glucose levels under control since diabetic retinopathy can be a complication for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause eye diseases like retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. That’s why it’s so important to monitor your glucose levels and continue staying active.