Helpful Habits for Healthy Eyes

EyesNot too long ago the best advice for keeping your eyes healthy was to eat carrots. But now we know that it’s about more than just carrots—supplemental nutrients, moisturizing products and healthy practices can also play a big part in keeping your eyes healthy and beautiful.

Get necessary nutrients
Scientists have found certain antioxidant nutrients can make their way directly to the retina and lens. Lutein and zeaxanthin for example, found naturally in leafy green vegetables, absorb damaging, high-energy blue and ultra-violet light, which can contribute to many troubling eye conditions.

While eating greens is a good way to up your antioxidant intake, the National Eye Institute says taking a daily supplement can also help you get the recommended dosage. Ones to try: Pharmaca Super Vision Formula, which features both lutein and zeaxanthin along with other potent antioxidants like blueberries and grape seed extract. Nordic Naturals’ Omega Vision combines natural lutein and zeaxanthin with concentrated DHA, a beneficial fatty acid that supports healthy vision and may help prevent eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration.

Be cool, wear your shades
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. UV radiation increases your odds of getting cataractsmacular degeneration and pterygiums (aka surfer’s eye, growths of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye). Skiers also can experience eye problems like snow blindness or corneal sunburn. To help avoid these conditions, look for sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.

Give ‘em a rest
Spend a lot of time at the computer? Don’t forget to blink! Eyes can become fatigued after staring at your screen for too long. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. For even greater relief, try Similasan’s Computer Relief Eye Drops, a homeopathic blend of natural ingredients that relieve symptoms of eye fatigue like blurred vision and strained eyes. For spa-like luxury, try Dr. Hauschka’s Eye Solace ampules, featuring eyebright, fennel and black tea extracts that soothe tired, puffy, irritated eyes.

Maintain moistness
Dry eyes can occur for many reasons, like medication use, illness, contact lenses or even just aging. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and/or omega-3 supplements can help increase moisture in the eyes. And for immediate relief, try an eyedrop like Tears Naturale Free Lubricant Eye Drops, which offer convenient, preservative-free moisture.

Beat laugh lines, bags or dark circles
The skin around the eyes is very thin and fragile so signs of aging, dark circles or puffiness can be difficult to treat with regular facial products. Esthetician-favorite evanhealy Chamomile Eye Care Cream can target all of these problems with a combination of Himalayan sea buckthorn oil, organic chrysanthemum and oat beta glucan to soothe, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten and lighten dark circles. To use, tap gently on both upper and lower lid areas.

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