Of all of our body parts and appendages, eyes get the least amount of self-care love. Just think about how much your eyes do for you all day? From the moment you wake up and start scrolling to the second you get to your desk and stare at your screen, they are there with the assist. And, if you noticed a pattern there, you are right. We are using our eyes to stare at screens all day which is not necessarily their purpose. Sadly, our eye health as a society is suffering from it.
Stats say about 80% of American adults use digital devices for more than two hours per day, and nearly 67% use two or more devices at the same time.
Is anyone here willing to admit they’re in the majority? Yep, that’s what we thought.
Newly re-designed supplement line specific to eyes, Viteyes is cultivated by science and delivered by a passionate team advancing eye health to help people live their best lives. Their VP of Marketing, Alison Gers, gives us some practical guidance on prioritizing eye health in your beauty and nutrition routine as much as you do your skin care regimen.
The goal for all of us should be to have a healthy set of eyes into our retirement years so when we are finally able to ditch the 9-5 screen time, we can still enjoy seeing all the other stuff the IRL world offers.
How is eye health self-care?
People tend to ignore their eye health and often don’t think of it as self-care. Since most people rely on their vision for daily activities, taking care of their eyes should be a priority. It could be as simple as stepping away from your computer for intervals of 20 minutes at a time to relax the eyes. Of course, annual eye appointments should be a part of anyone’s self-care routine.
Why should we be concerned with blue light?
Blue light has more energy per photon of light than other colors in the visible spectrum, i.e. green or red light. Blue light, at high enough doses, is therefore more likely to cause damage when absorbed by various cells in our body.
Blue light glasses are everywhere but 1. Do they really work? 2. what to look for in a pair
Blue light glasses can help physically lessen eye strain as well as filter out blue light from digital screens. So, yes, if you are staring at the television or your tablet for hours, blue light glasses can be great protection for your eyes. When looking for blue light glasses, you may want to make sure the lens will look translucent (versus a yellow tint).
Best nutrients + foods for eye care
The best nutrients for eye care include lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin. Both lutein and zeaxanthin are the only natural defenses our eyes have against harmful blue light. Healthy diets high in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, such as spinach, kale, eggs, and broccoli, can also help protect the eyes from harmful blue light. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight against eye strain and promotes blood flow to the eye. It can be can be found dietary sources such as salmon and shrimp.
Alison Gers is the Vice President of Marketing for Viteyes global marketing and operation efforts as well as systems integrations and product research. Before joining Vitamin Health in 2006, Gers worked in advertising with brands including Kellogg’s and Whirlpool/KitchenAid. Gers earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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