Piolo Pascual's Tips for Healthy Eyes

By Mommy Donna and Kib - June 08, 2015

Our eyes are windows to our souls.  People can determine if you're happy or sad by just looking at your eyes.  I know the importance of taking care of one's eyes but I guess I didn't take care mine very well.  I've been wearing eyeglasses since I was 20 years old but one thing that I still be proud of despite of not having a perfect vision anymore is that my eye condition did not progress after all these years (I have astigmatism and myopia 25/25).

I was blessed to be part of the launch of Piolo Pascual as brand ambassador of Essilor last March 2015 (see related blog post here).  Aside from this, Essilor also introduced their latest campaign, "Seeing the World Better" to the press.  This is a public awareness campaign on the importance of good vision.

Piolo was chosen to be the ambassador of Essilor because he is known for living a healthy lifestyle.  His dreamy and mesmerizing eyes make any girl--or even gays--stop and take a look at him.  Piolo quickly pointed out that having beautiful eyes is not enough.  One must have healthy vision in order to help people to perform tasks and achieve daily goals.

During the event, Piolo also gave tips on how to take care of one's eyes:

1.  Keep your eyeglasses on.  Piolo learned that the blue light from the electronic devices can harm our eyes, so even if Piolo has 20/20 eye vision, he still wears protective eyeglasses.  Harmful blue light is a risk factor for the onset of age-related macular degeneration, a deterioration of the part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. To prevent its damaging effect, eye doctors recommend wearing lenses that effectively blocks the harmful blue light. Reading in a dark room should also be avoided. With only your mobile device as your main light, the glare on the screen can cause eye strain.

2.  Follow a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.  Who says our eyes don't need nutrition?  Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is beneficial to our eyes. Vitamins C, A and E, folic acid, selenium and zinc, which are present in fruits and vegetables, can make your eyes healthy. Have a daily dose of fruits and vegetables like grapes carrots, spinach, kale, or collard greens, for a clearer, better vision.

It is also very important that we live an active lifestyle.  Engaging ourselves in sports and exercise can also help in maintaining a good eyesight.  By maintaining healthy weight, it reduces the chance of getting eye diseases. According to National Eye Institute, being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

3.  Visit your optometrist regularly.  Regular visits to an eye doctor are very important because it can pick up early signs of eye conditions. A once a year check-up is recommended to see if your eyes need treatment or not.  You need not wait for symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea and cloudy vision before visiting your optometrist. At the same time, eye check-ups may also detect most diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart diseases, and even certain cancers, and can help cure or prevent these diseases from worsening over time. Make an appointment with your eye doctor once a year to keep your eyes and whole body healthy.  Piolo visits his optometrist annually to make sure that his eyes are still healthy and in good condition.

Piolo is indeed an epitome of good health.  By simply keeping these tips in mind, we can keep our precious peepers looking good and healthy and be able to perform our daily activities the best way we can.

To know more about Essilor, you may visit their website at http://www.essilor.com.ph/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EssilorPH

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