The eyes are important and complex structures in the human body. They enable an individual’s sense of sight, by transmitting light signals to the brain. When exposed to light, the eyes undergo a complex series of chemical reactions. These reactions allow the eyes to absorb light, process color and transmit nerve impulses to the brain via the optic nerve. This process enables humans to see things.
However, the eyes are very sensitive instruments which become damaged if they are exposed to too much light or other toxic substances (e.g. smoke in the environment, chemicals in cosmetic products).
What to eat for bright healthy eyes?
The eyes, like all other organs of the body, depend upon nutrients, vitamins and minerals, to maintain their health and proper function. Thus, the types and quantities of foods an individual eats affects the health of their eyes, and eating the right foods can protect the eyes from a range of diseases and conditions. Preventing eye diseases is particularly important as many disorders are untreatable, cause eyesight to gradually deteriorate and therefore impact significantly on an individual’s quality of life. However, many individuals are not aware that their nutritional habits affect the health of their eyes and are unsure which types of foods to eat to protect their eyes’ health.
Some of the key factors in healthy eating for bright healthy eyes are:
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables which contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals that protect the eyes. For example, leafy green vegetables (e.g. spinach) are a good source of vitamin A, and citrus fruits and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C.
- Reduce fat and increase fiber intake to prevent diabetes, a metabolic condition which commonly leads to diabetic eye disease.
- Maintain a healthy body mass index to prevent diabetes.
- Wearing a broad brimmed hat.
- Wearing protective eye wear, for example goggles to protect from invasion of foreign objects or sunglasses to protect from UV exposure.
- Rinsing eyes immediately if they are exposed to chemicals or other toxic substances.
What makes eyes unhealthy?
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
can all cause problems for your eyes, and some can cause vision loss? You can’t avoid all health problems, but getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet will help you avoid a huge number of health problems and as a result, vision problems.
10 Bad Habits That Are Hurting Your Eyes
- Rubbing Your Eyes.
- Spending Too Much Time Looking at Screens.
- Not Eating a Balanced Diet.
- Not Wearing Eye Protection.
- Skimping On Sleep.
- Misusing Makeup.
- Forgetting Your Sunglasses.
- Not Protecting Your Overall Health.
- Avoiding Eye Doctor Appointments.