As a sort of self-help followup of a previous article I wrote, Yoga for Your Eyes, I thought I'd compile a quick-and-dirty set of rules for keeping your eyes healthy.
The below are courtesy of Drs. Michael Rozen and Mehmet Oz, in "You: The Owner's Manual"
- Drink 8 glasses of water daily, more if you also drink coffee.
- Minimum of 5 hours of sleep per night (though 7 or 8 are better for most people's better health)
- Take ten minute breaks for every two hours in front of a computer (though personally, I'd prefer to take 2 hour breaks for every ten minutes in front of the computer)
- Computer screen always below eye level to keep opening between lids small and prevent dry eye
- Eat lutein, which can be optained from spinach and dark leafy vegetables. (A good reason for a salad a day.)
- Take vitamin c and bioflavonoids through food sources: oats, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, apples, cranberries, strawberries, green tea, and juices – tomato, grape, cranberry
- Take fish oil / omega 3 oils. DHA is the ultimate form of omega 3s on humans. 500mg a day has been found to prevent macular degeneration.
- If you are on the brink of macular degeneration, patients have responded well to this cocktail of supplements : daily 500mg of vitamin C; 400 IU vitamin E; 15mg of beta carotene; 80 mg. of zinc; 2 mg of coppe -- all of these spaced out in various doses during the day.
All of this might seem a lot to do, but it reminds me of the poster my English teacher used to have in his class, back when I was in tenth grade: "Think education is expensive? Tray ignorance." So, likewise... "Think doing all these things daily for your eyes is a drag? Try blindness."
Actually, I hope none of us ever tries blindness...
Photo credit: Ibrahim Iujaz