Get Eyes Like Bond

Posted on November 9th, by Helen in Celebrity, For Men, Health. 4 comments

Get Eyes Like Bond

With the release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, all eyes are going to be on Daniel Craig this month – and his piercing baby blues! At age 44, he has the sultriest gaze in Hollywood – fine lines and all. It just adds to his swoon factor. I asked Dr. Sunni Patel, PhD, an optometrist and diabetes researcher at Toronto Western Hospital, what men should do now to protect those precious peepers. These tips apply to Bond girls too!

What are the top vision concerns for men over age 35? 

I suppose we all fear ageing especially the need to have to wear dreaded reading glasses! The major causes of blindness – diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration – are also a big concern.

Is working in front of a computer screen bad for the eyes?

Well anything for long amounts of time causes a strain to the eyes, but we work in a world that demands long hours and productivity, so we can’t stop working! I have noticed that people are increasingly working closer to the screen. DON’T DO IT! Keep an arms’ length distance from the screen.

What else should desk-bound workers do?

  • Take regular breaks. For every hour, take a 5 minute break to physically remove yourself from the screen. Go get a drink or a chat it up with a coworker. Don’t take a break once your eyes start to hurt, they will never recover! You should take the break before you know when your eyes start to strain. Be proactive, not reactive.
  • Don’t keep your eyes fixed on the screen non-stop. Avert your gaze periodically to look far away. This keeps the eye muscles working.
  • Good lighting always helps, as well as having an ergonomic chair with back support, which helps prevent both neck and eye strain.
  • Remember to blink! When we concentrate we tend to stop blinking and this dries the eye and causes red-eye and stinging sensation. Artificial tears (eye drops like Visine and Clear Eyes) can be helpful if you tend to suffer from dry-eye during computer use.

Visine. Is it safe to be using every day?

Honestly speaking, it’s a drop for the vain! It constricts the blood vessels (makes them smaller), so you look white-eyed and bushy-tailed. I would be weary using it every day, even though the drug component is in small dose and has obviously been tested. Try natural remedies first and foremost: blink regularly, protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses that have a UV protection. And eat well plus drink lots of water and you wont have the dreaded red eye.

What kind of foods help improve vision?

Anything that is brightly-coloured, vitamin A and omega-3 oils are very good for the eyes. In particular: spinach, kale, egg yolks, peppers, nuts (brazil, walnut, almonds), salmon, mackerel, and broccoli.

Laser eye surgery: yay or nay? 

Nothing wrong with it at all, as long as you get it done at a reputable place. You can get good vision from it, and a complete new lease in life – confidence like Bond himself! After al, it gets cumbersome having to wear glasses and/or contact lenses all the time. And hey, the art of seduction/flirtation involves the eyes too, as I am sure all MI5 spies would testify to!

Ok playboy, how often should people see their optometrist?

Every 2 years, unless you notice a problem! If in doubt, check it out. Keep in mind that optometrists do more than check vision and we are not just salespeople! We can be the frontline in detecting a number of conditions: We detect eye diseases, namely diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration – the 3 leading causes of blindness in the westernized world.

Tough guys eat spinach




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