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NIH encourages Americans to make vision a priority

Dr. Rachel Bishop, an ophthalmologist at the NIH's National Eye Institute, describes several ways people can keep their eyes healthy.


So there are a lot of things we can do to keep our eyes healthy. First, to think of it in simple terms the advice that we get to keep our heart healthy and keep our body healthy, we've learned applies just as well to the eyes. So that includes maintaining an ideal weight, which of course involves diet and exercise. This reduces the risk of diabetes, this keeps our blood vessels healthier and in terms of diet, there are specific things we've learned are helpful particularly to the eyes. Green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach have nutrients that are very helpful for the eyes. We're learning more about omega-3 fatty acids and these are very helpful for the eyes. There are other things that we can do to keep our eyes healthy. Not smoking is at the top of the list. Smoking increases the risk of so many diseases including problems with the eyes such as cataract, macular degeneration, things like this. Controlling other diseases that a person has. So if you have high blood pressure, that can affect your eyes, high cholesterol, diabetes we've talked about. So keeping your body healthy also keeps your eyes healthy. Then we're going to talk a little about protecting the eyes from insults, from the sun, from trauma. You know, that's the other thing that actually is really important. A lot of eye injuries lead to vision loss that's preventable.

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NIH encourages Americans to make vision a priority

This page last reviewed on May 1, 2013

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