While February may be grey and miserable, it’s actually a great time of year to make little improvements to your lifestyle. We’re not talking a whole new you – who really needs to change that much? No, we mean small changes that will have a big impact on your health.
At Eye Emporium we’ve come up with some little steps you can take to create a healthier, happier you…
- Quit smoking – ok, so this one isn’t a little step, it’s a pretty dramatic lifestyle change. But when you put in a lot of effort, you reap a lot of rewards. Not only will giving up cigarettes put more money in your pocket, but your body will thank you for it; you’ll taste food better, breathe better, even see better (smokers are four times more likely to go blind in old age)!
- Move more – getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. Exercise is a natural anti-depressant, leaving you in a great mood. It also reduces the pressure in your eyes, decreasing your risk of developing glaucoma and other eye diseases by up to 70%.
- Wear sunglasses – Not only will the right pair of sunglasses give you extra style points, but they will also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. This can stop you developing cataracts, macular degeneration and even skin cancer around your eyes.
- Learn your family health history – There are some conditions that you’re more at risk of if a close family member has. Glaucoma is just one example. This may mean that you need to take extra precautions to protect your own health. Speak to close family members (parents, grandparents etc.) to find out if they have any hereditary conditions.
- Get more anti-oxidants – Consuming more vitamins will be a huge benefit to your overall health, but vitamins A, C and E in particular will help to maintain healthy tissue and cells, especially in your eyes. Oranges, kiwis, spinach and broccoli are all great sources.
- Eat more eggs – Again, eggs have lots of health benefits, including being a good source of protein. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin in their yolks, which protect the pigment in your eyes. Tomatoes and leafy greens are also a great source.
- Visit your optician – we have to mention this one, but not simply because we’re an optician, but because regular eye tests not only test how well you can see, but can also reveal a lot about your overall health. For example, eye tests can reveal high blood pressure, cholesterol, and even tumours!
- Include fish in your diet – Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are high in omega 3, which is great for brain function, your joints, and yes, your eyes too – it can lower your risk of glaucoma and macular degeneration.
- Protect your eyes at work – Whether you work in an office or outside, you need to take steps to protect your eyes. In an office you may work on a computer all day, in which case you need to take regular breaks and take 20 seconds to focus on something in the distance every 20 minutes. Outside you may need to protect your eyes from the sun or other hazards. If you’re unsure, speak to your optician.
- Make time to have some fun – Yes, fun! If you make lots of little changes to your lifestyle, you’ll need to make time to have some fun too, otherwise life can get a little boring. Go outside, see your friends, enjoy meals out… spend time doing things that make you happy.
If you’d like more information on any aspect of your eye health and those little changes that can help to improve it, give our friendly team at Eye Emporium a call on 0800 020 9202.