Every morning I open my eyes. I don’t think twice about the fact that I can see. Right now I’m sitting outside watching a couple of bees hover around a purple thistle flower. Again, I don’t think twice about the fact that I can see. When I do stop to think about it, like in this moment, I am bewildered and grateful. I have been wearing eyeglasses since I was in grade 7 or 8. Thankfully my eyesight isn’t that bad. It hasn’t changed much the past 20 years and it’s my goal that it doesn’t worsen.
My optometrist has some fancy equipment that takes photos inside the eye. So far, his comment is that everything looks good and I should keep doing what I am doing. Without researching what the experts say I believe the following lifestyle practices have kept my eyes working well:
- Fitness: The most important benefit of maintaining a good fitness level is a strong and effective circulatory system. Circulation is the answer to everything that ails us. The old statement of “in with the good, and out with the bad” applies. The “good” is made of nutrients and the “bad” are waste by-products. I can’t help but think that having a strong heart (pump) and a good circulatory system (pipes) have kept my eyes, and the rest of me, so healthy.
- Nutrition: There’s also the statement “garbage in, garbage out”. Our bodies need nutrients. Plain and simple macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). It is best to put them into our bodies in their purest form so that our bodies don’t have to waste energy pulling out the good stuff and getting rid of the bad.
- Rest/Sleep: I can’t say enough about getting enough sleep. It is the best medicine that we can give ourselves.
- Eye Protection: This not only includes safety glasses but also sunglasses. People are developing cataracts at much younger ages than ever before. This is being attributed to the increase in the strength of the sun both on clear and cloudy days. While sunglasses can be a fashion statement (I do love them for that) you do get what you pay for. Cheap sunglasses do nothing to protect your eyes from the sun. Make the investment.
In addition to the practices listed I also get my eyes checked regularly. When it come to our health it’s important to catch anything that can threaten it as early as possible.
Now – where did I put my glasses???
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