How can I lower my risk of eye problems?

Awareness of our eye health is very important. For example, if you don't recover from the glare caused by oncoming headlights within 10 seconds, your retina might need more nourishment.You should also be aware if you have trouble with distant signs, focusing on a computer, or reading. This may indicate the need to correct one or both eyes with glasses.You also should be aware if there is a family history of eye diseases such as near sightedness, glaucoma,cataract, or macular degeneration.
The four major stressors to the eye are sunlight, poor dietary choices, poor lifestyle choices andstress in general. Sunglasses are recommended for everyone including children even in the winter and on sunny days between 10am through 8pm in the summer months. Make sure the lens have UV A + B protection.
A good diet for eye health includes deep?water fish, fruits and vegetables (particularly spinach and carrots), whole grains, limited sugar and processed flour, nuts and berries, and organic meats. Avoidance of trans fats, saturated fats and artificial sweeteners are helpful. The lens of the eye does not have a blood supply, unlike other parts of the body. Drinking filtered water is a way to assure nutrients are brought into the eye through the blood stream and waste materials will exit.
Avoidance of smoking, excess alcohol, and inactivity are recommended. Stress reduction in general is important for the entire body and soul. Undue stress causes a production of adrenaline, which raises blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. Stress stimulates adrenal hormones that increase sugar release, which can give a high and subsequent low, and chronically can lead to diabetes.
Exercise, meditation and deep breathing are ways to reduce stress. Don't sweat the small the stuff. Deep breathing will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which will slow the heart, lower blood pressure and foster relaxation.
You remain the warden of your body and can avoid the risk of many eye problems and general medical conditions through a thoughtful plan.
For specific information relevant to yourself, consult your doctor.

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