Eye health is a crucial part of keeping us functioning at an optimal level. Like every other part of the body, keeping the eyes healthy is best done through prevention and positive health practices and habits. Keeping the body free of smoke is critical to eye health. In addition to causing lung cancer and other maladies, smoking irritates mucous membranes in the eyes, potentially leading to ocular surface disease. It also causes the creation of free radicals in the body, which can lead to the breakdown of DNA strands in cells.
Most of us know that we should wear sunscreen to protect our skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, but we also need to protect our eyes by wearing UV blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats. UV ray exposure is linked to macular degeneration and cataracts.
A healthy diet is vital to all aspects of our bodies, including the eyes. Essential fatty acids are critical to human growth and brain function. These nutrients, which are found in cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, albacore and blue fin tuna, along with flax and chia seeds, walnuts, black currant seed oil and supplements, help promote eye health by improving dry eye disease and lid disease and decreasing the risk of macular degeneration.
For more information, contact Ophthalmologist Bryan Womack at Bright Eyes Family Eyecare, in OKC, at DrWomack@BrightEyesFamilyEyeCare.com.