With a New Year come new resolutions. And you may not know it, but those healthy resolutions do more than just keep your weight down. Remember last month, when we talked about your eyes being the window to your health? Resolutions to keep your eyes healthy can be the same resolutions for your overall well-being. Here are three common healthy resolutions that do more than meets the eye.
Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
A healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise do more than help you lose weight and feel healthier. These are good ways to help prevent many systemic diseases that affect the conditions in your eyes, such as Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Make a plan to maintain a more active lifestyle this year, and balance your diet with some healthier foods, such as leafy greens like kale and spinach, and colorful fruits, which are beneficial for your eye health.
Smoking causes all kinds of awful diseases, such as heart disease, emphysema and a number of different cancers. Did you also know smoking could make you go blind? In fact, smokers are 4 times, yes, 4 times more at risk of developing macular degeneration than smokers who have quit and non-smokers. Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataracts. So, dump the habit and stay off – it’ll take quitters 20 years to decrease their risk to the level of people who’ve never smoked before.
Get an annual eye exam
Eye exams aren’t just about getting glasses or contacts. There are a number of eye conditions that can indicate bigger health issues. In fact, I see many Diabetic patients for eye exams related to their condition and make sure to send a report to their family doctor and endocrinologist so they will know if there are indicators of diabetes affecting the patient’s health. If I can see diabetic damage in the eye then the diabetes is probably affecting other organs of the body. This can help physician decide on the best treatment for a condition.
Make your resolutions this year much more than about slimming your waistline. It doesn’t hurt to try to fit into last year’s jeans, but keep an eye on your overall health. And remember that healthy eyes can be indicators of a healthier you.