Looking after our eyes is something we don’t really think about until we start to have trouble with them.
You might have got the memo about exercising for heart health or wearing sunscreen for skincare, but preventative medicine for our eyes can be something often overlooked (so to speak!). The truth is most people don’t get regular check-ups for their eyes and don’t reduce the things about their lifestyles that could have a negative effect until it is too late.
A lot of eye damage is repairable, but a lot is not, so it is better to take steps to prevent or slow your vision from deteriorating long before it actually happens.
So if the most you are doing for your eyes is eating carrots reasonably regularly, then maybe you should step things up a notch.
Things that could be causing your eyes damage without you even knowing it
Twinlab OcuGuard Plus
One natural product which combines many of these ingredients and has won awards for its proven results is Twinlab OcuGuard.
According to their website, OcuGuard is a wonderfully advanced vitamin and antioxidant supplement which when taken every day, can have a proven preventative effect on your vision and has been specifically formulated to support eye health.
One key ingredient of OcuGuard is FloraGLO lutein, derived from the marigold flower, is a high-quality lutein, and unlike other lutein esters, can be readily absorbed by the body. Vitamins A, C and E work together to help maintain eye health and absorb free radicals, while zeaxanthin and vitamin D have been shown to help support against the progression of age-related conditions.
Easy to take, just two capsules twice a day with food and many happy customers tell us that they see definite results (so to speak!)
If you are starting to have any difficulties with your vision, have eyes that are dry and often sore, or if you regularly partake in any of the activities we mentioned above, consider a daily supplement to boost your eye health. This will reduce degeneration and help to protect against all of the behaviors and elements fighting against your eyes.
Natural products to prevent long-term damage
There are a number of vitamins, minerals, and herbal products which if taken daily can go a long way to prevent long-term damage to your vision.
Some ingredients that are great for your eyes include:
- Carotenoids such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin – these protect the macula, lens, and cornea while also lowering the effect of free radical damage and inflammation. Lutein has been nicknamed ‘the eye vitamin’.
- Eyebright – well, with a name like that. This herb has been used for centuries to reduce redness and conditions such as conjunctivitis. It is often an ingredient in natural eyedrops or teas.
- Ginkgo – may improve your body’s blood flow to your retina, as well as being an antioxidant and protecting your nerve cells
- Cannabis – touted as being great for reducing eye pressure in patients with glaucoma, but obviously not legal in every state
- Garlic – a natural antioxidant
- Tumeric – a natural antioxidant
- Green tea – a natural antioxidant
- Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc – fight free radicals, help your eyes to absorb minerals and nutrients, slows inflammation, reduces degeneration and keeps cells and tissues strong.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – these are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to slow down the effects of aging
People who work on computers realize after eight hours of staring at the screen that it both strains your eyes and dries them out. But very often what we forget is that we are staring at screens a much greater portion of the day than we realize.
With handy smart devices on us at all times, we are looking directly at a screen on the bus, in the doctor’s waiting room, at the dinner table and late at night in bed at times when ten years ago we would have given them a much-needed rest.
Staring without blinking dries the eyes out, but the lights within the screens themselves are doing damage too, especially when we hold them close to our face or have all other lights off. Watching smart devices too much can also affect our mental health and our sleep patterns.
Sunlight and glare
While a healthy dose of daily sun is a good idea, exposing your eyes to extended glare or strain will take its toll. Make sure that you wear UV protective sunglasses whenever possible, and if you work outdoors, request this as part of your safety equipment.
And while we may remember sunglasses when we know we are going outside for a long time, even short trips can benefit from some protection. When it comes to your eyes every little bit of wear adds up over time.
Sleeping with contacts on
Like forgetting to take off your makeup before going to sleep, many of us are guilty of falling asleep with our contacts on. Particularly if we are watching TV in bed. But leaving them in allows bacteria and grit to build up behind them, and also doesn’t give your corneas a chance to breathe.
Either smoking cigarettes yourself or being exposed to second-hand smoke a lot can also have a negative effect on your eyes, as well as many other parts of your body.
While we don’t advocate for not taking your prescribed medication as such, but make sure that you know what’s in it, and wherever possible, look for a natural alternative. Many medications contain ingredients that can cause temporary or long-term damage to your eyes, or can cause glaucoma or macular degeneration.
This includes both prescription medications and those available over the counter, including treatments for acne, hayfever and allergies, and erectile dysfunction.
Other behaviors and environmental factors that can also affect your eye health include:
- Dust and other natural allergens
- Chemicals used in cleaning and aerosols
- Allowing your eyes to dry out
- Straining them in low light
- Reading your computer screen with the font too low
- Drinking too much alcohol
Come into Eric’s today and talk to one of our expert staff about products which can help boost your eye health, or just help keep your body healthy in general. Make sure to grab a handful of our delicious organic carrots while you are there too!