What You Can Do Everyday to Help Your Eye Health!
- Diet – Cut out high fructose corn syrup and as much sugar and artificial sweeteners as possible. These ingredients cause high then low blood sugar levels that lead to hunger and more cravings for sweets. Sugar in our blood causes inflammation which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and possibly cancer. It is a good idea to cut back on starches and simple carbohydrates. Try to eat healthy non-processed foods; organic and chemical free foods are the best. A healthy diet is important to keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear.
- Weight Control/Exercise – Losing as little as 10 pounds can make a good difference in blood sugar levels and hearth health, if you're a bit overweight. Try to start by leaving 10% of your food on your plate. Even if you are already at a healthy weight, stay active and aim for walking 30 minutes five times a week. If all you can do is 10 minutes, that is still a great start. Alternatively, think about water aerobics or simply walk in water at the Y or Olivedale. A healthy heart increases your odds of having healthy eyes.
- Sleep – Get at least 6 hours per night. Turn off computers, tablets, and smart phones two hours before sleep and/or use lenses that decrease the amount of blue light. Blue light inhibits the brain’s release of melatonin which starts the sleep cycle. Blue light is also indicated as a possible cause of eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Vitamins – You need to get at least 2000 – 3000 units of Vitamin D. Some fresh air and sunlight are a great place to get some Vitamin D. For low Macular Pigment Optical Density scores there are recommended eye vitamins that not only provide protection for the macula and retina, but also provide support to the eye’s vascular system.
- Don’t Smoke – It significantly raises your risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, vascular disease, gum disease etc. Don’t risk your sight and the health of your eyes.
Especially for Patients with Diabetes
- A1C (Glycated hemoglobin test) – This number is important because it represents the 3-month average of your blood sugar levels. Many physicians recommend aiming for 6 as an ideal; speak with your doctor about your target percentage level. Working on the above will help you achieve the desired number. Maintaining ideal A1C helps increase the odds of keeping your eyes healthy and preserving your vision.
- Dental Care – People with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop gum disease. Serious gum disease results in hard-to-control A1C levels. Make sure seeing your dentist every six months is part of your routine health care.
- Foot Care – Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85%. Early warning signs run from skin color changes to dry cracks around the heel to sores that are slow to heal.
- Regular Diabetic Eye Exams - diabetics, whether type 1, type 2, or gestational, must have routine eye exams to monitor for diabetic eye disease, especially diabetic retinopathy.
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