How can you prevent myopia from getting worse?
Though there’s no cure for myopia, there are everyday steps you can take that can support your overall eye health. These days, it’s especially important to set limits for your children (and yourself) on activities that lead to eye strain.
Try these sight-saving tips:
- Limit time on digital devices.
- Take screen breaks to stretch your eye muscles.
- Don’t read or work in dim light.
- Encourage going outdoors.
- Wear sunglasses outside.
- Wear protective eye gear for sports/hobbies.
- Stop smoking.
- Schedule regular eye exams.
- Ask your provider about atropine eye drops to slow progression.
- Ask your provider about dual focus contact lenses to slow progression in kids.
Remember, don’t let your or your child’s eyes get stuck in “near gear” from spending too much time on computers or smartphones. Get outside. Make going to the park a regular family outing. Walk the dog. Get out there and have fun.
Which foods should my family eat to keep eyes as healthy as possible?
Everyone’s eyes rely on nutrients from the foods we eat to maintain vital eye tissues and functions. Nutrition is especially essential to your child’s vision as their eyes grow and develop. In addition to limiting caffeinated colas, keep everyone hydrated by drinking enough water.
Also try to eat foods that are rich in:
- Vitamin A. You need enough of the antioxidant vitamin A in your diet (or through a supplement) to maintain the surface of your eyes and healthy vision. There are vitamin A-rich sources for every diet preference. Plant-based choices include vegetables like sweet potato, leafy green vegetables and carrots. Or you may choose animal-based foods, such as cheese, oily fish or liver.
- Vitamin C. The best foods for getting a daily dose of vitamin C are fruits and vegetables, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and broccoli.
- Lutein. Eat leafy green vegetables to make sure to get enough lutein, which helps eyes filter harmful blue light that can damage retinas.
You can supplement your or your child’s diet with a multivitamin if you think you aren’t getting enough. Remember though that vitamins that come in a pill are not as well absorbed by the body as those that occur naturally in fresh foods.
Try these recipes to get the right vitamins onto your family menu:
- Recipe: Baked Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet Potato-Lime Salad
- Tossed Green Salad with Simple Vinaigrette
Taking good care of your family’s vision means regular eye exams, a good eye care routine and a healthy diet. Keeping those healthy habits will help you all to see a future filled with all the things you love.