Look around you… what do you see? Your eyes are your windows to the world. They take in colors, shapes, expressions, textures, information and light. They allow you to absorb all of life’s little subtleties.
But how many of us think about the health of our eyes? As we get older our eyes, being muscles, tend to weaken over time. But is poor vision a natural part of aging?
It doesn’t have to be. Eye site tends to be a part of our health that most of us over look. As kids in elementary and high school we are routinely taken down to the nurses office to test our sight as well as hearing. But as adults most of us don’t see an optometrist unless something is wrong. In general, we don’t really think about our vision. But it sure is something we cannot do with out and would alter our lives if we did not have it any longer.
So before something goes wrong, what can we do to support our eyes and keep them in good shape?
First – eat right.
Getting the proper nutrients can have a tremendous impact on your eye health. Some of the best foods you can eat to keep your eyes strong are:
Avocados, Broccoli, Carrots, Eggs, Spinach, Tomatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Garlic, Salmon, and Spinach.
If you find it difficult to get all the essential eye nutrients you need through food alone. Vitamins could help you supplement much needed essential eye care nutrients for eye care, including Vitamins A, C, and E, which are essential to maintaining good strength of vision.
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Second – You can strengthen your eyes by reading. Watching TV does not use the same eye muscles as good old-fashioned reading. Grab a book or your Kindle and download or open your favorite new novel or short story.
Here are a few personal suggestions from my reading list:
Rocket 88 – By Jackson Michael Weiand
How to build muscle on a raw food diet – By Peter Ragnar
The Earth Diet – By Liana Werner Gray
Help me on my way – By Sally L. Barendse & Sarah J. Barendse
The American Lighting Association recommends that when you read to make sure the light is bright enough for you to see easily but not so bright that you are squinting. The ideal height of the light should be where the bulb is lower than the eye, but above the source reading material. Adjustable reading lamps are a wonderful option.
Incandescent is better than fluorescent for reading as it is easier on your eyes. This may be contradicted by some bulbs that are advertised as “full spectrum”. They give off a very blue hue, which is a little easier on the eyes, but also a strange blueish daylight color not generally found inside the home but rather the color spectrum of a bright sunny day. It can be a little hard to get used to.
A better solution is a nice bright bulb and installing a dimmer on your reading lamp or light takes only a few moments and they can be purchased at any lighting store or even Home Depot or Lowe’s in the lighting section.
For more tips on lighting please visit ALA
Your eyes are the windows to your soul. They are also your windows on the world so keep them healthy!
Special note on fluorescent bulbs:
While fluorescents’ have been touted as energy saving, in truth a dimmer will not only save you more money, it will lengthen the life of your bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are rated by the number of starts and are not designed to be used in residential applications. They were intended for warehouse and office use where they are turned on and left on for hours if not all day.
What is often overlooked is that fluorescent bulbs are also filled with toxic elements like mercury. If you break one of these bulbs it is recommend to leave the area immediately and wait till all particles settle. Do not sweep! Take a piece of paper and scrape as much of it up as you can into a sealed plastic bag. Take a wet paper towel and wipe up the rest – disposing the towel in the sealed bag as well. Set aside and mark with the garbage. This is toxic waste we do not want in our water supply.