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Eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are how we stay in shape, feel healthier, and get stronger. Another important benefit that we don’t normally think about is how all those things can help protect our eyesight. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and wet age-related macular degeneration. Exercise also indirectly helps prevent diabetic retinopathy by helping prevent diabetes. High blood pressure is another problem than can lead to eye diseases and exercise is a great way to prevent that. Regular exercise (three or more times a week) combined with comprehensive eye exams is the best way to prevent eye health problems or catch them early on.

If you want to focus on your eye health, eat foods high in vitamin A. Your retina needs vitamin A to help turn light rays into the images we see. Also, it helps prevent dry eye. Orange-colored vegetables are big sources of Vitamin A. Carrots are probably the most well-known source of Vitamin A, but sweet potatoes actually have more than 200% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin A. Additionally, eating foods rich in vitamins C & E, omega-3, lutein & zeaxanthin, and zinc will keep your body and eyes healthy and reduce the risk of eye disease.

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