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Tips to protect your eyes for life

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Sight is one of our most important senses, and keeping our eyes in good health can help stave off the effects of optical ageing for a long time.

The popular advice for preserving our eyes is to eat our carrots. And it may not just be an old wives’ tale. The carotene found in carrots is turned into vitamin A by our liver, and helps to protect our eyes by absorbing light energy that passes into it. Increased levels of vitamin A means our eyes can absorb more light energy and become more sensitive in dim environments, helping us see better.

But that’s not the only way we can protect and improve our sight.

 

Eating right

We are what we eat, and this extends to our eyesight. Vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin as well as minerals like copper, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can help ward off vision problems and help our eyes function optimally.

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Carrots and other vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that help to protect and enhance your eyesight.

Yellow and green vegetables that are rich in antioxidants like yellow peppers, leafy greens and sweet potatoes can help prevent age-related macular generation, a cause of blindness in old age. Food rich in sulphur, lecithin and cysteine like garlic, onions, shallots and capers can also help prevent cataract formation.

Antioxidants like blueberries and grapes, and oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, sardines and cod provide structural support to cell membranes in the eyes.

Eating fresh produce, fruits and vegetables thus becomes even more important.  The trick is storing them optimally if you can’t get to a supermarket every day.  Refrigerators like the Electrolux FlexFresh range have a Market Fresh Crisper that helps keep your vegetables and fruits market fresh and preserves their vitamins and minerals for longer.

Consuming these foods in a well-balanced diet also reduces the likelihood of obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, which is a leading cause of blindness in adults.

 

Take eye breaks regularly

Rest your eyes often, especially if you work with a computer for most of the day. Staring at a screen for hours at close range can cause eyestrain and blurry vision.

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When working on a computer, rest your eyes regularly to help preserve your eyesight. 

If you use contact lens, make sure the prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use. Or use glasses to help with the glare and contrast from computer use. Position the monitor such that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor, and allows you to look slightly down at the screen. Rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking about six meters away for 20 seconds, and take a 15 minute break every two hours 

Getting a good night’s sleep is also essential for your eyes, as a good rest allows them to fully rest, repair and recover. Using an air conditioner like the Electrolux Viva Grande can also help tune the environment to a comfortable temperature for a better night’s sleep.

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