Taking Care of Your Eyes

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February 17, 2020

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The eyes are extremely important in our lives and it is essential to take care of them.

Natural light is made up of a spectrum of different colors, some of which cause damage to our eyes over time. In people over 50, the risk of a cataract forming or retinal degeneration is quite high.

Diet can also play an important role in preventing this damage,

Fruits and vegetables high in Lutein help protect the eye. For example, this includes oranges, peppers, fresh parsley, broccoli, papaya, eggs, carrots, spinach, and corn are types of nutrient-rich foods that can help protect the eye.

It is a fact that many people do not get enough vitamins, minerals and protective carotenoids in their normal diet.

Few foods rich in carotenoids are eaten, especially those that are high in the helpful nutrient Lutein.

LUTEIN PROPERTIES

  • Protects the tissues of the retina
  • Maintains visual acuity
  • It is an antioxidant
  • Helps maintain normal levels of eye pressure
  • Protects the skin from solar radiation
  • Prevents macular degeneration

In addition, people over 50 absorb these nutrients less than younger people, which puts them at greater risk for eye problems.

For these people, the addition of a vitamin and mineral supplement, especially one containing Lutein – Zeaxanthin, may represent a practical way to correct this imbalance.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a reduction in the quantity and/or quality of tears produced.

Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • A sensation of a foreign body or grit
  • Light sensitivity
  • Constant tears
  • Pain in or around the eyes

The most common causes of dry eye include the following:

  • The aging process
  • Use of contact lenses
  • Hormonal changes, especially in women
  • Environmental factors
  • Side effects of illnesses or medications
  • Use of the computer

Treatment

Depending on the intensity of the condition, the treatment can be as simple as using artificial tears a few times a day. However, in persistent cases then a simple, non-surgical procedure is available, which provides long-term relief. The use of tiny plugs called ‘punctual occluders.

Punctum Plugs, also known as punctal occluders or lacrimal plugs, are tiny biocompatible devices that are inserted into the tear duct to block drainage.

Regular eyecare is essential for good eye health and appointments with our Retina and Macula specialist are recommended every 12 months.

The British NHS gives us more information about taking care of our eyes and vision, here.

Making an Appointment

If you would like an evaluation, please contact us to schedule an appointment or send us a WhatsApp at (+51) 977547437.

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