Ways to keep your eyes healthy over the holidays

December 8th, 2010
Ways to keep your eyes healthy over the holidays

Most of us tend to let our hair down and eat and drink too much over the holidays, but this can take its toll on the eyes.

The eyes often show the effects of too much alcohol and not enough sleep, but there are ways to keep them looking sparkly and healthy. If you intend to drink a lot over Christmas, make sure you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water; alcohol dehydrates the body and leaves the eyes dry, dull and tired-looking. Drinking water between alcoholic drinks will help to maintain a healthy moisture balance in the eyes and they will look much healthier and brighter. Drinking excessively can also contribute to macular problems.

Eating well is also essential for healthy eyes; most of us like to eat lots of sweet treats and rich foods over Christmas but ensuring that you get your 5 a day will help to keep you feeling healthy. Fruit and vegetables contain a range of vitamins and nutrients, which help to keep the eyes looking bright and healthy and functioning effectively. Eating a healthy, balanced diet also helps to reduce the risks of macular degeneration when you get older.

Sleep is also key to healthy looking eyes; most of us are aware of the effects of a late night and have woken up with unsightly bags under our eyes. Sleep is essential for good physical and mental health.

Christmas is party season and experts encourage women to take off their make-up and remove false eyelashes before they go to bed; this helps to keep the eyes looking fresh and bright, as well as reducing the risk of infection and irritation.

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