At BRAND’S recent eye health talk, held in partnership with StarHub, I came to realize new things about eye health I didn’t know before. For instance, that I can go for Lasik surgery a second time – which would be great since my myopia (with astigmatism) symptoms are back again, about 7 years after I had Lasik done. And for the rest of the audience, what probably came as a revelation to most is that we don’t have to wait for cataracts to “ripen” and risk complications in the process, the role our diet plays in promoting eye health, and what Lutein and Zeaxanthin are and how important it is to have them in our diet to combat digital eye strain because of the blue light from the environment and our increased usage of digital devices. Read on for my 5 takeaways from the session, and find out how you can win BRAND’S new Lutein Essence (which I’ve tried and enjoyed) from my giveaway.
Finding out I need glasses again… (>_<)
Doesn’t come as a surprise since we can’t escape from all sources of blue light…
Here are my 5 takeaways from the talk which featured 3 speakers: a prominent ophthalmologist, a nutritionist and BRAND’S own scientist:
#1: Dr Leonard Ang: Don’t wait for cataracts to “ripen”
There is no age restriction, so you can go for the surgery even if you are 80 or 90 years old. The treatment is permanent too, unlike glaucoma which requires constant maintenance. But the key is to get it done early, so it doesn’t lead to complications in later stages.
And if you’re wondering how prevalent this is, well, more than 30% of people in Singapore, age 45 and above, have some form of cataract. This figure goes up to a stunning 80% for people over 60!
#2: Apart from taking breaks, there are many other ways to combat Digital Eye Strain
Just 2 consecutive hours on a digital device can cause eye strain and fatigue! And I do often spend more than 2 hours in front of my laptop. 😦 That blue light can also increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which slowly leads to a loss of vision. I’m definitely worried. While cataract surgery is safe and fast (10 – 20 minutes) these days, I do want to keep my eyes healthy for as long as possible to avoid multiple surgeries, especially if I’m getting Lasik done again. <- The tearing and discomfort is not something I look forward to.
#3: Julina Halim: We don’t get enough Lutein in our diet
Lutein goes directly to your eyes, and is concentrated in the macula. Unfortunately we don’t consume enough of it. We need about 6mg a day, but we get only about 2mg (or less) from the food we eat, but supplements can provide up to 10mg. Having too much fibre in your diet, however, slows down the absorption of Vitamin A and carotenoids, impacting the absorption of lutein in food.
#4: Block blue light and prevent incident cataracts with sufficient intake of Lutein + Zeaxanthin
In a decade or so, I might be one of those folks having cataracts and considering surgery options. So what I can do now is to take care of my eyes by having adequate eye breaks from digital devices (follow the 20-20-20 rule Dr Ang recommends), wear sunglasses when I’m outdoors, and have a pair of glasses which blocks blue light for when I’m facing digital screens. I used to own a pair that was sold at Watsons, and I’ve indeed realized my eyes get tired less quickly when I’m wearing them. But after they were dropped and broke, I’ve yet to replace them.
Getting enough Lutein from my diet is also important, so dark green leafy vegetables like kale are now appearing on the dinner table. If I’m eating out, then a supplement would definitely come in handy.
#5: BRAND’S, long known for their chicken essence, now has a Lutein Essence too
Apart from Lutein and Zeaxanthin, there’s also Vitamin E in that petite bottle. You’ll only need to drink one bottle of Lutein Essence a day, with or after your meal. Each bottle has 10mg of Lutein, which is more than enough for your daily requirement. So don’t worry about needing to drink it 3 times a day with each meal (because you don’t have to).
Dr Tan Zhen Wei from BRAND’S Health Supplement Division also shared that you can get Lutein and Zeaxanthin from the food you eat, if you consume enough of them, which can be anything from 80g of spinach to 84 eggs…
~ GIVEAWAY ~
I’m picking 3 winners to each take home TWO boxes of Lutein Essence (worth $45.20).