When people are asked which sensory organ is most important, the answer is often the same: the eyes. But what can you do to promote the health of your eyes? In this blog, I would like to provide you with five valuable recommendations.
Recommendation 1: Nutrition
The regular intake of lutein, zinc, omega fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E has a positive effect on eye health. Why? Because these substances protect against degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. These micronutrients and vitamins are contained in all kinds of green salads, salt-water fish, eggs, nuts, citrus fruit, shellfish and meat products. In other words, a healthy and varied diet is also good for your eyes.
Recommendation 2: Refrain from smoking
Hardly anything is as destructive to your retina as nicotine smoke. A damaged retina is the start along the path to a loss in central vision. If the optic nerve does not tolerate the toxic substance at all, you may even lose your vision entirely. The latter can also be caused by regular alcohol consumption.
Recommendation 3: Protect your eyes
Not all sunglasses are alike. Ensure that the lenses meet the following qualitative criteria: at least 100% UVA and UVB protection. In high-risk retina patients, a blue blocker is mandatory. Furthermore, safety goggles are a mandatory requirement for manual work. No ophthalmological emergency occurs as frequently as foreign bodies in or around the eye. Even modern medicine is frequently too late to prevent disasters. Well, you know what they say: Prevention is the best cure.
Recommendation 4: Electronic media
In our digitalised world, almost all of us stare at electronic media for many hours. Give your eyes a break with a quick glance into the distance. Your eye accommodation muscle will thank you for it. Eye moisture is improved and develops a more stable defence against airborne pathogens.
Recommendation 5: Regular check-ups
The most common cause of blindness worldwide – glaucoma – is only noticed shortly before blindness occurs. This recommendation is therefore of vital importance: Without a family history of glaucoma, you should have your eyes checked every five years until the age of 40. Between the ages of 40 and 50, I recommend that you have your eyes checked every two years. From the age of 60, however, you should do this every year. But why? The risk of glaucoma increases exponentially with age. High-risk patients with a known family history of glaucoma should see an ophthalmologist once a year, regardless of age.