Beyond Blue Light Protection
We often discuss the clinically proven effectiveness of the blue light protection of our lenses. Particularly during the COVID pandemic, our world became significantly more digitized as many worked from home and increasingly relied on electronic devices. With the help of the WebMD article “How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy” reviewed by Whitney Seltman, OD, we will share additional ways to maintain eye health outside of a focus on blue light.
The first tip mentioned by the article is to eat well. It’s not surprising that if a person minds what they’re taking into the body, the eyes could respond accordingly. Looking at what this means specifically, WebMD recommends consuming omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. According to the article, they “might ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.” Knowing this, Gamer Advantage recently released Eye Candy, a multi-formula supplement that replenishes vital nutrients and supports natural eye function. Lutein and zeaxanthin serve as active ingredients, and you can read more about Eye Candy here. A few other examples WebMD lists as helpful foods for eye health are green leafy vegetables, salmon, nuts, beans, and pork.
Two other tips mentioned by the article are to quit smoking and wear sunglasses. Related to smoking, the article states that it “makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration among many other medical problems.” Regarding sunglasses, of course, glasses offering UV protection are helpful. According to the article, “Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.” Gamer Advantage glasses do offer 100% UVA/UVB protection, and all non-Horizon frames have the option for an easy-to-use polarized sun clip.
One last tip we’ll share from the article is to visit your eye doctor regularly. The article makes a point to mention that even young children need a regular eye exam and that eye exams can detect glaucoma that do not have symptoms. Making some distinctions between ophthalmologists and optometrists, WebMD states that:
- “Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They can provide general eye care, treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgery.”
- “Optometrists have had 4 years of specialized training after college. They provide general eye care and can diagnose treat most eye diseases. They don't do eye surgery.”
Knowing these distinctions can be key to seeking the proper care efficiently.
While not every tip in the article, the tips we’ve shared are some of the ways you can help your eyes. Diet can make an impact, and as WebMD shared, eating foods like salmon, beans, and green leafy vegetables are the way to go. Gamer Advantage can also help with the Eye Candy supplement that supports natural eye health. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk for cataracts and more, and many sunglasses offer UV protection with Gamer Advantage lenses containing 100% UVA/UVB protection. Lastly, getting regular eye exams is important to check on general eye health and test for glaucoma. After acting on all of these tips, you very well may see an improvement in your eye health.