A Healthy Diet & Your Eyes
Eating well with the right combination of foods and vitamins, and avoiding sugars, are the first steps in treating any condition and getting yourself back in shape. However, dry eyes can creep up depending on a variety of factors, so taking an additional step in your nutrition by choosing specific foods or supplements will ensure better results & less dryness.
Dry Eyes, Tears, & Food
Tears are a blend of water, oils, and mucus that help smooth the surface of our eyes, prevent infections and soothe the skin. When tear production is stifled, the eyes can get irritated, turn red, and develop an inflammation. Therefore, to ensure our tears continue to be produced with the right balance, our nutrition must also be balanced.
Vitamins & Natural Supplements
While advanced dry eyes might need more sophisticated treatment from an optometrist, if you’re starting to see early signs of dryness, selecting the right foods for their nutritional content is a great step that could prevent the progression of dry eye syndrome, especially since vitamins can take up to a month to take effect.
Antioxidants – Research regarding how antioxidants relate to dry eye inflammation are not conclusive. While oxidative stress or free radicals in the body have shown to cause harm in the body, food that contains antioxidants to supposedly detox the body of oxidative stress isn’t so clear. Even so, other studies show that antioxidants do promote many benefits for various conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s to cardiovascular health. Investing in supplements rich in antioxidants or natural foods like blueberries, pecans, and even kidney beans could be a potential boost for your overall health.
Something that that is often overlooked is remaining hydrated. When your body is dehydrated it conserves water, causing headaches, dryness, and reduced tear production.
Perhaps not surprisingly, exercise has shown to benefit eye health as well. As your eyes are connected to the rest of the body and optometrists can evaluate blood pressure and overall body health from an eye exam, regular exercise can reduce the risk of eye disease. Research has shown that regular exercise has a positive impact on ocular perfusion pressure, a major determiner for glaucoma, resulting in 25% lower risk than those who are largely inactive. Similar findings have shown that exercise reduces the risk for macular degeneration.
Nutrition & Your Eye Doctor
Your optometrist can recommend other options to help you find relief faster in addition to improving eating habits & exercise routines. Dry Eyes may be an eye disease, but adjusting one’s diet can reduce the symptoms of dry eyes as well as improve your health overall.