Here are some “Simplify Your Life” tips brought to you by Dr. Randal Pham, MD.
What you eat affects eyesight and eye health. Carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach all contain beta carotene – an antioxidant that reduces the risk of macular degeneration. Wild salmon and sardines are high in Omega-3 fats – which protect the eyes’ tiny blood vessels. Broccoli, bell peppers and Brussels sprouts are also great for your eyes – supplying lots of Vitamin C – to defend against age-related vision problems!
Give your eyes a break from your contact lenses – or any lenses, really! Wearing contacts to sleep deprives your eyes of oxygen and lubrication. Dry contacts become abrasive and damaging to the eyes. 19 hours a day is the longest you should have them in. Wearing them in the pool’s not a great experiment either – unless you’re wearing goggles to keep them from being rearranged by the water and waves.
Using blood flow constricting eye drops during allergy season to reduce redness and itchiness may help on a limited basis...but chronic daily use can actually make the problems worse. You get so accustomed to the chemicals they contain that they no longer work effectively. Plus, some constrict blood flow to the cornea, depriving it of oxygen. Read instructions closely – some drops can’t be used by contact-wearers!
These Simplify Your Life tips are brought to you by Dr. Randal Pham, MD and Mix 106.5.