There’s a lot more you can do to protect your eyes other than wear sunglasses in the summer (love those frames, btw).
Eyes need protection year-round, but especially when the sun is beating down on you. This tends to happen more often in most places during the warmer spring and summer months when people head outside en masse, so what better time to write about eye health?
Hindsight is 20/20, pun intended, so practicing good eyecare habits starting today is the best way to lower your risk of health conditions down the road. Long-term sun exposure can cause cataracts, photokeratitis (like a sunburn on your corneas, ouch), and even cancer on your eyelids.
Here are five ways to keep those peepers in their prime during time well-spent outdoors.
We know we already mentioned sunglasses, but make sure they’re legit. To really block out harmful UV rays from the sun which can fry your eyes, look for the sticker that confirms they protect against UVB and UVA rays.
Eyes burning or feeling like raisins in the sun after a long day by the pool? Sunlight and high temps can dry them out, so get quality, lubricating eye drops to help soothe irritation.
Don’t overuse them, however! Using them more than recommended can dry them out further.
Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat
This one’s self-explanatory, wink wink. Make sure it provides shade for your eyes.
Hydration and Food
Hydrating is essential in the summer, as you lose more water through sweating. In addition, if you’re not getting enough water, it’s hard for your eyes to produce tears, which is needed to prevent certain eye conditions.
In addition, eating a diet high in vitamin A and the nootropic citicoline is vital to keep your eyes at their best.
Unfortunately, 25% of people are still deficient in vitamin A, and while citicoline is found in some foods, it’s more beneficial to take a supplement.
Vitamin A and Citicoline
Ensure you’re getting what your eyes need by taking high-quality supplements of vitamin A and citicoline.
Vitamin A is essential for eye health and vision. It helps keep your corneas clear and protects your vision.
And according to the National Cancer Institute, citicoline is used by doctors for its studied ability to shield nerves by strengthening their membranes.
Citicoline has been used for centuries in Asia as a natural treatment for many ailments, but it is just now being studied and used to lower the risk of glaucoma, a condition that causes irreversible damage and vision. Studies are showing that citicoline does work to reduce visual decline.
The combination of vitamin A and citicoline can be a powerful supplement regimen to give your eyes a fighting chance against permanent eye damage in the long run.
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