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Lifestyle and General Eye Health

Learn how you can protect your vision and how your lifestyle and dietary decisions can benefit your eyes and your everyday life.

| June 2019

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Patients ask me every day how they can protect their vision. This chapter will explain how your lifestyle decisions can benefit your eyes and your everyday life.

We all know that proper nutrition is essential to our well-being. In addition to promoting long-term overall health, good eating habits will nourish your eyes. But other parts of your lifestyle also directly affect the health of your eyes. For instance, smoking increases the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and regular exercise can help prevent certain eye diseases.

My lifestyle recommendations for preventing eye disease will also promote long-term general health. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are numerous. You will notice that you have the energy and vitality you need to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Eating eyefoods will lead you down the path to better eye health, but an overall healthy lifestyle will have an even greater impact on the prevention of eye disease. The eye-friendly lifestyle recommendations in this chapter will help you improve your eye health and general well-being.

Ultraviolet and Blue Light Exposure

The sun and certain types of lamps, such as those used in tanning beds, emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Researchers have found that overexposure to UV light may cause cataracts, AMD, skin cancer, sunburns and premature aging of the skin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends wearing sunglasses, using sunscreen to protect against the harmful effects of UV light and avoiding overexposure to UV light and tanning beds. Health Canada says “There is no such thing as a safe tan” and, in an article titled “It’s Your Health: Tanning Lamps,” available online, has published advice on making informed decisions when using a tanning bed. 

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