11.05.2012

Lifestyle changes "can help maintain your eyesight"

Lifestyle changes "can help maintain your eyesight"

By Alexa Kaczka

Although many people may be predisposed to certain eye conditions and cannot completely avoid developing vision problems, there are certainly ways to delay the onset of eye disease and other eyesight issues, one expert has pointed out.

YuGuang He, associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, told the Aiken Standard that lifestyle choices have a direct impact on people's eyesight.

For this reason, it is important to think about the things we eat and drink and what we expose ourselves to during our everyday lives, he stated.

"Anything good for your heart theoretically is good for your eyes. Those disease processes are very similar, cardiac disease and ocular disease. That's why we say your eye is the window of your heart," he explained.

This means eating foods that are low in saturated fat and will not clog up our arteries - or the blood vessels leading to our eyes – and taking part in regular actives that help to get the heart pumping and improve fitness.

The result will be that people's overall health is enhanced, particularly that of their heart and, consequentially, their vision, the expert concluded.

by Adrian Galbreth


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