Summer is on its way back! Birdsong, crickets, the smell of grass, blazing afternoons and late evening thunderstorms are all things we love about summer. That’s not even mentioning vacations, swimming pools, popsicles, and playing in sprinklers. Having nature come to life around you after a long, still, winter is exhilarating and invigorating. As you make the most of your summer, we at Guardion Health Sciences want to ensure your body comes out the other side better than it went in!
How can we help your body? Well, at Guardion Health Sciences, we work smarter not harder by turning to nature for its medicinal properties. We are more than a holistic health company; we work under the direction of a highly-trained medical board in order to unite the vigor of the medical community with the advantages of nature, especially when it comes to eyes. Summer can present some interesting challenges to your eyes, and we want to help ensure your body has what it needs. In today’s blog, we have a few things you can do to ensure that your eyes have a great summer.
Employ Great UV Protection
We thought we’d start with the most obvious way you can give your eyes a helping hand: good sunglasses and a hat. The great thing about both of these accessories is that you can create your own signature look while taking care of yourself. Find sunglasses that flatter your face or, if you are very active, that will stay on your face and shield your eyes from dust and dirt. If you have prescription lenses, consider investing in contacts or prescription shades. Do not buy sunglasses that fail to provide 100 percent UV protection. Sunglasses make your pupils open up even when it’s bright outside, and the last thing you want is to open your eyes wide to damaging UV rays. UV rays lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, both of which will ruin your eyesight.
Sunglasses offer only so much protection. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, you should wear a hat. Not only will it protect your ears and scalp from painful sunburn, it will prevent stray rays of the sun from getting past your sunglasses. If you have a dread of hat hair, don’t worry: there are options for you. Visors can be a great halfway solution. You can also invest in hats that sit on your head rather than hugging it tightly. Find a hat that works for you and wear it as often as possible!
Chances are good you’ve already damaged your eyes in the past; you might just not experience the results yet. In addition to shielding your eyes with sunglasses and a hat, you should talk to your doctor about our medical food, Lumega-Z, which is made to restore and maintain your macular pigment (a low macular pigment is a modifiable risk factor for macular degeneration).
See Your Eye Doctor Regularly
This is a year-wide recommendation, but summer is a great time to get your eyes checked, mostly because chances are good you won’t have to drive through snow to reach your appointment! The thing about eye disorders is that most of them can be addressed and corrected if identified early. The only way that happens is with regular eye appointments. By the time you notice something is up, the problem has usually been going for a while and may be more difficult to correct. According to the American Optometric Eye Association, you should get bi-annual eye exams if you’re under 41-60 years old. Once you pass 60, you should get your eyes checked annually. Your next eye appointment is the perfect opportunity to discuss Lumega-Z with your optometrist.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking has long been known to increase the risk for cataracts. Not surprisingly, cataracts are a leading cause of vision problems in the United States. Cataracts are also the leading cause of blindness in the world. If you smoke, you are more likely to develop cataracts than nonsmokers. You are also more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age.
If you are a smoker who has quit, Lumega-Z is pivotal for you. Why? Because the damage has already been done, and simply quitting may not protect you from cataracts. According to this study, although the cessation of smoking reduces the long-term risk of cataract, the risk may persist for decades. Therefore, you need to reverse the damage as much as possible. Anyone who has smoked needs to give their eyes extra help. Our vigorous studies and dedication to leveraging natural ingredients have allowed us to create a medical food that combats macular degeneration and cataracts. It is only available through your doctor, so we encourage you to discuss Lumega-Z with him or her. It could mean better vision for years.
Wear Eye Protection During Projects and Sports
There’s nothing like getting out in the yard on a cool summer morning to complete a dream project or playing baseball or tennis in the sun. What most people fail to realize is they’re putting their eyes in a lot of danger. Whether you’re whacking weeds or tennis balls, you need to wear professional eye protection. No, sunglasses do not count! An errant stone or ball can mean surgery, and your sunglasses can’t seal out all threats. If you have little kids hanging around when you’re mowing or weed whacking, make sure both you and your children have eye protection, because kids are at special risk being closer to the ground.
Shield Your Eyes From Chemicals
Though the chlorine in your neighborhood pool isn’t strong enough to cause lasting damage, there’s no reason to suffer through a pool party with red, irritated eyes. If you know your eyes are sensitive, bring goggles to protect them. If you don’t have goggles, you may want to avoid submerging yourself altogether. Keep in mind that if your eyes begin to sting from the chlorine and the stinging doesn’t stop for a few hours after you leave the water, it’s time to see a doctor.
Give Your Eyes the Nutrients They Need
Foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E can help fight off macular degeneration. You’ll find these essential ingredients in citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, fish, and leafy green vegetables. You’ll also find them in concentrated for in Lumega-Z, our medical food. We’ve worked for years to perfect a solution that can protect and nourish the retina, and with the help of our medical board, we’ve found the answer.
Lumega-Z not only protects the retina, it replenishes it. Validated by extensive research, it features over 35 micronutrients and the three carotenoids that make up your macular pigment (Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Meso-zeaxanthin). Ask your doctor about Lumega-Z today!