Eyecare: Lifestyle choices that keep you looking good, literally


Resolving to eat healthily, take regular exercise, quit smoking and reduce your alcohol consumption can not only help you look great and feel fitter it can also help you see better!
According to national sight charity the Eyecare Trust, simply making the right lifestyle choices can preserve your vision and dramatically reduce your risk of developing a sight-threatening eye disease.

* Fruit and vegetables are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants which protect against conditions such as macular degeneration, the UK’s leading cause of blindness. And sardines, mackerel and tuna are all great sources of DHA and Omega-3 fatty acids which can help in the treatment of dry eye and are beneficial for general sight preservation.

* Research in the British Journal Of Opthalmology found that people with an active lifestyle were 70 per cent less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than those that lead a sedentary lifestyle. Aerobic exercise can also increase crucial oxygen supplies to the optic nerve, which can reduce intra-ocular eye pressure and help control conditions such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

* Drinking too much alcohol interferes with your liver functions, which in turn, can reduce your levels of glutathione – an efficient antioxidant that can help protect against common eye diseases.

* You could also half your risk of age-related sight loss if you quit smoking. Tobacco chemicals damage the blood vessels behind the eye, increasing your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Smoking is also associated with other eye diseases such as cataracts.

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