Protect Your Peepers

by Glenneth on October 28, 2014

Protect Your Eyes

Protect Your Peepers: Easy Tips for Eye Health

Commonly referred to as our windows to the world, good eyesight allows us to see our loved ones, read, drive and enjoy the scenic beauty of the world around us. In order to be sure that our precious eyes and eyesight remain as strong and healthy as possible, we have to be sure we are doing everything we can to nourish and protect our peepers. Consider the following tips:

Eat Eye-Friendly Foods

The vitamin A that is naturally found in carrots and other foods plays a vital role in eye health. It has been found to help keep the surface of the eye healthy and also reduces the risk of eye infections. This list includes omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E and minerals like zinc can help to ward off age-related eye issues like cataracts and macular degeneration. Cooking Light provides a list of seven best foods for your eyes. In order to get these vital nutrients into our systems, we must be sure to eat plenty of oily fish like tuna and salmon as well as green veggies like spinach and kale, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit and protein-rich foods like nuts, beans and eggs.

Wear Shades

Sunglasses not only look cool, they can also protect our eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. UV exposure increases a person’s likelihood of getting macular degeneration and cataracts, so it’s imperative to make sure you have shades that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.

If you have a pair of sunglasses that you adore but you’re not sure about the lenses’ ability to protect your eyes, you can always purchase replacement lenses for them from an online company like Revant Optics. The company sells replacement lenses for Ray-Bans and other top brands that offer 100 percent UV protection. This can be a lot more affordable than shelling out the money for a brand new pair of sunglasses.

Because the UV rays come through even on cloudy days, wear sunglasses whenever you are outside. If you can, select polarized lenses that will reduce glare when driving.

Take a Walk

Regular exercise is a great way to keep our eyes as healthy as possible. Healthy Woman notes that 30 minutes a day may reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes in people who have glaucoma. Reader’s Digest cited a study that those with glaucoma who walked four times every week for up to 40 minutes saw such great results with their eye pressure, they were actually able to stop taking their glaucoma medication.

Limit Screen Time

Chances are good you spend at least part of every day sitting in front of a screen. As Real Simple notes, our love of laptops, smartphones, desktop computers and tablets means we are staring at some type of screen more frequently than ever before. The glare from all of this screen time can lead to eyestrain, which includes symptoms like headaches, dry or red eyes, and even double vision. To help minimize the negative effects of electronic screens on our eyes, it’s important to keep them at least an arm’s length away when reading or texting, and to take frequent breaks to give our eyes a much-needed rest.

When was the last time you had an eye exam? If you can’t remember, you might want to schedule one soon.

Have a healthy day!

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Start The Week with Positive Messages

by Glenneth on October 26, 2014

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Monday, Monday. Here we go again! Let’s catch up first!

Things that happened this weekend:

  • Dinner with hubby and friends
  • Rest / relaxation
  • Cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping
  • Target practice
  • Grilled out Saturday and Sunday instead of going out
  • Worked on my new website (hope to launch soon)
  • Setup my new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (love this phone)

Things that didn’t happen – picture-taking. Now that the new phone is set up, I will try to do better about this.

Things that are happening this week:

  • Family dinner!
  • Happy hour with some girl friends
  • Webinar, conference call, Google chat
  • Wine glass painting (you will see this next week)
  • Followup eye appointment
  • Workouts
  • Halloween
  • Wedding

Whew! This is another of those weeks where I have scheduled something almost every night. Not my preference, but should be fun!

Anyways, I wanted to start Monday out on a positive note, so here are some sayings to get you going!

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How was your weekend? What’s on your agenda for the week?

Have a healthy day!

1-glenneth-web

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Saturday Shares

October 25, 2014

Good morning and Happy Saturday! If you caught yesterday’s post, you know I didn’t get to share any blog posts with you. So, I thought I would pop in today and share some. Halloween Workout by Lindsay – Looking for a fun workout? Check out the one Lindsay did for Halloween. Dumbbells are the only […]

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Friday’s Fabulous Five . . .

October 24, 2014

So, for a Friday, this morning kind of started out as a Monday. I set my alarm clock to wake up early and blog. Alarm went off at 5AM and no internet. So, I did a few things around the house and watched Biggest Loser from last night. Then I had to get ready because […]

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