After months of being blanketed by snow or pelted with rain, it’s finally summer! The sun is shining and it’s time to get out and play. Do you have big plans?
Whether you like to golf, swim, bike, climb, participate in team sports, or competitively barbecue with your neighbors—there’s plenty to do and see. Personally, I’m newly excited about backpacking. There is such breathtaking beauty out there in the wilderness, and I am so grateful to be able to get out there and see it.
Which brings me to the importance of protecting one of our most valuable assets—our eyes.
All that summer sun can do a number on our poor little eyeballs. It really can be our friend or our foe.
USANA® Visionex® Helps Keep Your Eyes Strong*
The sun shines a full spectrum of colorful light on us. Our eyes are especially sensitive to ultra-violet (UV) and blue light, which can damage the retina. Blue light also comes from indoor work light sources—like computers and fluorescent lights.
If your life is anything like mine, you sit in front of a computer (or phone) screen many hours a day under fluorescent lights then drive with the sun in your eyes to your home that is now full of those energy efficient CFL or LED light bulbs (yep, also blue light). Then you spend hours in the yard, at the beach or in the mountains on the weekend, soaking up the sun’s rays. So your exposure to blue light is probably pretty high.
So, why should you care? Well, cumulative exposure to UV and blue light over the years may eventually damage our eyes if we aren’t careful, eventually even robbing us of our clarity of vision.
Good UV-blocking sunglasses will help when outdoors, but yellow macular pigment is the secret to helping defend our eyes from UV or blue light anytime, anywhere, by acting as a filter that lessens its impact.
Yellow macular pigment comes from dietary carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Good sources of these carotenoids include spinach, brightly colored bell peppers, and egg yolks. But most folks don’t eat enough of the foods to get the full benefit.
It’s important to supplement the carotenoid-rich foods in our diet to ensure we are getting enough lutein and zeaxanthin. USANA’s Visionex supplement provides levels shown in studies to support positive benefits, plus added vitamin C for additional antioxidant protection.*
So, get out there and play to your heart’s content. Just be safe. Protect your eyes with USANA’s Visionex and you’ll be able to keep seeing all the amazing sights summer has to offer for years to come.*
See you on the trail!
Want more eye health tips? Learn more at the National Eye Institute’s Healthy Vision Month website.
|*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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