As every year, the second Thursday of October the World Sight Day is celebrated. This event is supported by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) that with the “Love Your Eyes” campaign encourages individuals to prioritize their own eyes by supporting accessible, affordable, and available eye care in all the world. Indeed, the access to check-up as well as eye care services are crucial to avoid the worst: vision loss.
In fact, there are many diseases that threaten sight, many of which increase with advancing age, such as: glaucoma, presbyopia, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, cataract.
By 2050, it is anticipated that the proportion of the world’s population aged 65 years and over will double, increasing prevalence of vision loss caused by these conditions.
However, even young people should protect themselves. Indeed, it is necessary to acquire good habits from a young age to avoid the onset of ocular pathologies.
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You can help maintain the well-being of your eyes by taking some precautions:
- Perform physical activity regularly:: physical exercise has been shown to be neuroprotective against various degenerative diseases of the retina, including glaucoma ; a recent study has also shown that after physical activity, there is a conspicuous increase in tear flow, suggesting a good action also to reduce dry eyes .
- Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables to reduce oxidative stress: the eye is in fact particularly susceptible to oxidative stress, a common mechanism of many eye diseases; this is due to the high oxygen consumption, the high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids and the cumulative exposure to visible light.
- • Always protect yourself from UV rays with sunglasses with certified filters: excessive exposure to UV rays of the sun, in the absence of adequate protection, is a damage to the eyes.
Depending on the risk or problem you are dealing with, you can integrate substances naturally present in the ocular structure (collagen, hyaluronic acid, carotenoids – lutein, zeaxanthin, Omega-3) that works for normal visual function and / or substances with antioxidant function (vitamins, minerals).
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 University of Waterloo. “Exercise can provide relief for dry, itchy eyes: Making time for regular exercise can make your eyes feel better.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 February 2022.