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A Guide to Healthy Eyes

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19th December, 2012  

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After laser eye surgery, many people want to know the best way of maintaining healthy eyesight. Looking after your eyes is the best way to recover in the long run. Many of us believe that maintaining a healthy weight, eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water will keep us in great shape. However, what is important to know is that following these several tips will make sure your eyes are kept fit and healthy too! It is vital that you look after your eyesight to prevent unnecessary vision problems. Many people do not know that eating healthily and exercising regularly can prevent the development of eye diseases. Looking after your eyes can, in some cases, reduce the risk of serious eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration and cataracts. It is vital you look after your eyes as these conditions can lead to sight loss and blindness.

In order to maintain healthy eyesight, most research suggests that diet and nutrition is the key. Eating a balanced diet can help to prevent eyesight problems. Foods that seem to significantly help maintain good eyesight are a variety of fruit and vegetables. Foods such as spinach, red peppers, kale, leeks, avocados, peaches and blueberries all seem to help with eyesight.

Another essential to consider when wanting to maintain good eyesight is to drink lots of water. If you do not drink a lot of water, eyes can become dehydrated. When eyes become dehydrated, they become sore, dry and irritated. Drinking water is strongly advised, however, drinking alcohol can have a derogatory effect on your eyesight. It is recommended that you limit the amount of alcohol you drink in order to keep your eyes healthy. When somebody drinks an excessive amount of alcohol, the liver is affected. When the liver is affected, the level of an antioxidant called glutathione is reduced and this antioxidant can help prevent eye diseases.

To keep eyes healthy, it is also advised that you participate in regular physical activities. Exercise increases the amount of oxygen in the eye. The supply of oxygen to the optic nerve can help lower pressure in the eye. Reducing pressure in the eye can help with conditions such as Glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

The final tip to adhere to is to stop smoking. Smoking can seriously damage your eyesight and the risks of developing conditions such as age related macular degeneration. Chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products can damage blood vessels behind the eye which can lead to sight loss or cataracts.

If you follow these tips and follow aftercare advice given by your surgeon, then your eyes should be in peak condition after your treatment. Many people only experience a slightly uncomfortable feeling for a few hours after surgery and they can usually go back to work the following day. As well as following the advice above, the main tip to remember after laser eye surgery is to not rub your eyes.

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