Eyesight is extremely precious, and this means you need to be proactive about maintaining it throughout your life.
We might not all be blessed with 20/20 vision, but there are steps all of us can take to care for our eyes. Omega-3 supplements can help, as can eating the right foods and protecting your eyes from unnecessary strain. Let’s take a look at what you can do for your eyes:
Get Regular Eye Tests
In the same way that you get regular dental check-ups and attend other health screenings, it’s recommended that you give your eyesight a regular MOT.
Eye tests can spot problems and allow you to address them before they get worse, including infections, as well as things that may be going on in your brain. An eye test can cover so much more than just your eyesight, so make sure you get yours checked at least every two years.
Protect Your Eyes in the Sun
UV rays from the sun don’t just have an effect on your skin, but they can cause cumulative damage to your eyes too.
You should never gaze directly into the sun, and you should always wear sunglasses on bright, sunny days.
If you usually wear contact lenses, simply wear non-prescription sunglasses over the top; if you usually wear glasses, invest in some prescription shades – never compromise where your eyesight is concerned.
Be Mindful of Screen Time
Digital strain affecting the eyes is a very real risk for children and adults alike, and can be caused by looking at a screen for long periods of time without taking a break.
Signs of digital strain can include:
- Dry eyes
- Eye fatigue
- Double vision
Eye strain connected to too much screen time could affect your work and day-to-day life, so make sure you’re taking regular breaks from your screen – aim for one five-minute break every hour. Not only is this important for your eyes, but also your mental and physical health, as well as your overall productivity.
Eat the Right Foods
Foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can have benefits for your eye health.
We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale that eating carrots will help you to see in the dark – did you know that carrots actually contain vitamin A and beta carotene, which can help the surface of the eye?
Eggs are another source of vitamin A and also contain zinc, which may also have eye health benefits. Leafy greens rich in antioxidants may be another good option to include in your diet to help support your vision, while citrus fruits and other foods rich in vitamin C can help to contribute to healthy blood vessels in the eyes.
Omega-3 is also known for its effects on vision. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies. However, if you’re not a fan of oily fish, omega-3 supplements can provide an alternative, more convenient option.
Take Omega-3 Supplements
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is the specific type of omega-3 fatty acid that can contribute to the maintenance of normal vision. DHA can also have other health benefits, including contributing to normal heart function and the maintenance of normal brain function.
DHA omega-3 plays an especially important role in brain and eye development during pregnancy and early childhood.
Here are the omega-3 supplements from the MINAMI range that can help you to look after your eye health and vision:
Our MorEPA Original supplements feature the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) alongside DHA to offer all the benefits of omega-3 in one high-concentration softgel, including maintaining vision, heart health, brain function and more.