We take our eye health for granted. What can we do as we age to keep our eyes healthy?
Here are 5 Simple Steps to take:
1. Get tested at least annually! Diseases of the eye can be spotted and then referred to a specialist. Pay attention to symptoms like blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, swelling or irritation near the eye or eyelid.
2. Wear Sun Glasses. Protect your eyes from bright sunlight and its UV rays. UV extended exposure increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
3. Quit smoking! Your risks are increased for cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.
4. Eat the right foods and nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins E and C have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of eye diseases.
5. Use safety glasses or protective goggles when participating in work tasks and various sports activities. Shield your eyes to protect them!
Another concern in our present-day world is the relation of technology and eye health.
As we continually rely on technology, we increasingly have incidents of eyestrain. How can we protect our eyes in this digital age?
Make sure you blink frequently when working on the computer. On average, we blink about 18 times per minute. However, when we stare at a screen this slows the blink rate. Not blinking enough will lead to itchy, dry and burning eyes.
Here are a few additional ways to protect yourself from eyestrain:
Other contributing factors to developing eyestrain include devices with small print held at non-ergonomic angles too far from the eyes. Also, the blue light emitted from digital screens can cause eye strain and keep you awake at night!
People who wear glasses or contacts are also susceptible to eye strain. Their prescriptions might not be ideal for mid-range viewing of electronics.
Maintain Good Eye Health As You Age!
So, what is your coffee preference?
How do you like your coffee? With cream and sugar, flavored, a complicated mixture of things, or straight-up black?
These coffee preferences may best describe your personality.
Whether you have a cup of coffee in your hand all day or just need a little boost in the morning, how you drink your coffee and what kind of coffee you drink says a lot about your personality.
1) Those people who take cream and sugar with their coffee are good at being pleasant and small talk. If you don’t have anything nice to say, you can just sit back and sip your coffee.
2) Then there are the folks who need flavored coffee. Sure, a peppermint flavor or a little hazelnut can have its place once in a while, but it’s not an everyday flavor. You’re the kind of person who needs to mix it up all the time and always have a surprise in store!
3) If your coffee type is a complicated one that’s ordered in a coffee shop where you need to say several words to describe it, my guess is that you’re the type of person who showers and puts on makeup before heading to the gym. Well, maybe that’s not all bad!!
4) For those of you who drink straight-up black coffee, I’m assuming you’re a get-it-done person. No muss, no fuss. You take your coffee straight up, and you dish it out straight, too. Chances are I’d have a coffee with you.
The kind of coffee – Dark Roast, French Vanilla, Dark Roast Decaf and everything in between will be left for another time. Frankly, for me it depends on my mood and the time of day as to the kind of coffee I prefer…although, I don’t like it too strong!
So…What about you? How do you like your coffee…what is your coffee preference? Leave a ‘Comment’ below!
What is Your Coffee Preference?
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