Dr. Jim Martin 10/16/2015

Close_Up_of_Eye_-_Black_Women_-_Brown_Eye.jpgIt's sometimes easy to take our eyesight for granted – until it begins to fail. But failing vision isn't simply a matter of aging, it's also an end result of our modern lifestyles.

Keeping your vision sharp can be a matter of following three important tips:

1. Eating right
2. Limiting environmental toxins
3. Relaxation

Eating Right

Eating right for good eyesight means getting the right amount of Vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals like copper and zinc. Also, the omega-3 fat DHA provides support to cell membranes that boost eye health.

What Are The Most Powerful Antioxidants For Your Eyes?

Certain antioxidants have been shown to particularly benefit eyes, including lutein and zeaxanthin. Found in eggs, spinach and other leafy green vegetables, these nutrients can significantly reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

But it's now being shown that astaxanthin is the ultimate antioxidant for eye health and blindness prevention. The microalgae that produces it and the sea creatures that consume it – salmon, shellfish and krill – are the two main sources of astaxanthin. Krill oil is a great source of both healthy omega-3, but there are also astaxanthin supplements on the market.

Other Dietary Tips
  • Normalize your blood sugar.
  • Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetable, especially kale.
  • Avoid trans fats.
  • Avoid aspartame.

Limit Environmental Toxins

There are a variety of external factors that contribute to eye damage, including smoking, fluorescent lights, computer screens, environmental allergens and chlorine in swimming pools.

Smoking, for example, increases free radical production in your entire body and puts you at risk for many serious health issues, including decreased vision.


Studies have shown that relaxing your mind can have a significant impact on your vision. Why? Every straining thought transmits a motor impulse to you eye that can cause a deviation from your normal eyeball shape. Mental strain may produce many different types of eye strain, but the one solution for all types is relaxation.

Other tips:

Get proper rest - Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to good eye health. Sleep allows your eyes to rest, repair and recover.

Caring for your cardiovascular system - In particular, high blood pressure can cause damage to the tiny blood vessels on your eyes, obstructing free blood flow.

For more information on good eye health, contact Broome Optical in Amarillo. Broome Optical has been providing quality eyecare for over 80 years.
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