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Sarah Russo3 years ago

Port Macquarie locals, is your eyesight in tip-top shape?

Your eyes are an important, yet often overlooked, part of your health. As we age, our eyes often suffer the consequences of a poor diet or unhealthy lifestyle. It is easy to forget how much we rely on our eyesight until we start having problem with it. So ensuring you eat an antioxidant-rich diet is just the start of proper eye care. Taking breaks to exercise your eyes and visiting your optometrist regularly will help decrease your chances of premature damage or eye problems. Did you know there are foods that are great for maintaining eye health? Check out our list of nutrient-rich foods and eye exercises to keep your peepers as healthy as possible.

Vitamin A, C and E

Scientifically associated with providing support for overall eye health and prevention of serious eye-problems, vitamins A, C and E can be easily incorporated into your daily diet. Some examples of these include:

Vitamin A: Found in different forms such a beta-carotene and retinol, Vitamin A is found in beef, chicken livers, whole milk, cheese, sweet potato, carrots and dark leafy greens. Vitamin A drops are also effective for treating dry eye syndrome.

Vitamin C: Contained in citrus fruits and vegetables, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain connective tissue, such as collagen found in the cornea of the eye.

Vitamin E: This potent antioxidant is being researched for its key role in preventing oxidation damage. Caused mostly by UV damage, oxidation has been linked to cataracts. If you are not allergic, try incorporating nuts and seeds in your diet to get your dose of vitamin E!


 

Protection from the sun

Direct exposure to the sun (UV rays) has shown to cause growths on the eye, such a pterygium, and diseases such as cataracts and eye cancer. To protect your eyes from the sun, ensure your sunglasses have a high UV protection rating and wear a wide-brimmed hat.


 

Lutein

Lutein and zeaxanthin, found in green leafy plant’s is a key element in guarding the body from damaging free radicals. It is important to aid our body in the fight against these unstable molecules to prevent disease, such a macular degeneration.


 

Eye Exercises

Near and far focusing: Remove any glasses or eye contacts. Without straining your eyes, look into the distance. Focus on an object within your view that is far away. Now choose another object between you and the other object. Repeat 10 times, focusing on objects at varying distances.

Benefit: Reduces eyestrain and tension. This exercise can also be good for dry eyes.

Roll your eyes: Start by looking up and holding the gaze for a few seconds. Look down, side-to-side and rest for a moment before changing the direction of sight. Finish by drawing a figure 8 with only your eyesight.

Benefit: Aids in strengthening your eyes.

Warm your eyes: Firstly, rub your palms together until your hands feel warm. Cup your hands and close your eyes. Place your warmed hands over your eyes and relax for a few minutes.

Benefit: This exercise soothes and relaxes sore and tired eyes, as well as enhancing blood circulation.


 

Need to have your eyesight checked over by a professional? Check out these optometrists in the Port Macquarie area.

Eyecare Plus

At Eyecare Plus, practices have to meet stringent membership criteria to ensure they provide professional care and service. The team uses innovative tools to enable accurate diagnoses. If you are worried about your health or need a new pair of glasses, pop down and see the team at Eyecare Plus.
Where: 95 William Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444


 

Craving a juice packed full of anti-oxidants (perfect for your eyes)?

Inside Out at Lighthouse

Enjoy a tasty meal or delicious beverage while browsing a range of furniture, jewellery, children’s apparel, bags and toys to take home or give as a gift. Whether you pop in for an all-day breakfast, light-snack or fresh juice, the staff at the Inside Out at Lighthouse knows how to create a memorable experience. Come down and soak up the relaxed ambience created by the team.
Where: Shop 2/46 Watonga Street, Lighthouse Beach NSW 2444


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