Are you taking care of your eyes?
Check out our healthy eyes checklist:
- Include green leafy greens (such as kale and chard) and brightly coloured fruits in your diet. These foods contain lutein and zeaxanthin which may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce discomfort from glare, enhance contrast, reduce light stress recovery times, and even increase visual range!
- Have you and your family had an eye exam in the last two years? Even if you don’t need glasses eye exams can be the first step in early detection for many serious health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Eye exams are covered by BC medical for children up to the age of 18. Babies should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age. Schedule an eye exam online here.
- Do you and your family wear sunglasses for all your outdoor activities? Wearing sunglasses helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. It’s important for children to wear sunglasses even at a young age as youths are exposed to 3 times more UV than adults because they spend more time outside. Some experts say nearly half of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation can take place by age 18!