How Can You Take Better Care of Your Eyes?

May is known as Healthy Vision Month! Have you thought about your eye health lately?

Many times we do not consider our eye health until something happens, such as an eyelash in our eye or blurry vision. But now’s the perfect time to stop and consider whether your habits are promoting good eye health and protecting your vision. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Gastonia sheds some light on the topic.

What Are Some Ways You Can Promote Good Eyesight?

When it comes to your eyes, you want to make sure you are practicing healthy habits. For instance, you want to make sure you are getting exercise on a daily basis, as exercise can help to improve the oxygen levels in your eyes.

In addition, you want to make sure you are washing your hands on a regular basis and avoiding smoking, as both can cause your eyes to become irritated and increase your risk of infection.

Common Eye Conditions

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma

How Important Is a Healthy Diet for Your Eyes?

Just like anything else with your health, a good, healthy diet can do wonders for your health, including your eye health.

When you choose foods that are rich in antioxidants, you are helping to fuel your eyes with the nutrients they need to help promote good eye health and lower your risk for certain eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. While a balanced diet filled with fruits and veggies is a great first step, there are some foods that offer specific benefits.

Foods That Are Good for the Eyes

  • Carrots, kale, spinach and collard greens
  • Liver, including cod liver oil
  • Swiss chard, zucchini and brussel sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes

Our goal is—and always—to protect our patients and staff. During these uncertain times, our team at AFC Urgent Care Gastonia has established AFC TeleCare services to better serve the needs of our patients while continuing to practice social distancing. Schedule a virtual visit today!