Keep your eyes on your quit and avoid vision loss.
This Monday, we’re dropping knowledge about a lesser known effect of smoking: vision loss. That’s right – smoking also causes damage to your eyes as it does to the rest of your body. The more a person smokes, the higher the risks of getting eye problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and dry eye syndrome. And trust us when we say these are not things you want to get. For example, a cataract clouds the lens in the eye, thereby affecting the way you see color and resulting in blurry vision and increased sensitivity to lights and glares.
Fortunately, once you quit smoking, your eye health can improve and your chance of getting an eye disease lessens the longer you’ve stayed quit.
Beyond quitting cigarettes, here are six tips to help prevent vision loss:
- Avoid secondhand smoke. You don’t have to be the one inhaling smoke for it to affect your eye health. Protect yourself and others from secondhand smoke.
- Schedule checkups with an eye car professional every year or two. An optometrist can detect any current damage or potential problems with your eyes and help set you on a corrective course of action.
- Eat a nutritious diet. Maintaining healthy eyes means having a balanced diet of foods high in vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, and E, omega fatty acids, and beta carotene. So make sure to get your fruits and vegetables!
- Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol. Interestingly, high blood pressure and cholesterol can place strain on your eyes, thus leading to eye diseases. Keep them under control.
- Wear sunglasses. Not only will you look cooler, but it’ll also help protect your eyes from excessive sun exposure. Sunglasses with polarized lenses and UV protection are especially good!
- Break a sweat. Not only is physical activity good for your body, but it may also help prevent vision loss. So get moving!
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