TOP 10 Eye Care Tips

Prone to eye fatigue due to long working hours in front of the computer? Try these tips and see if they help!

TOP 1 Eat Well

Our diet is directly responsible for our eye health. Balanced and nutritious diets help us to take in nutrients that are critical for eye health such as omega-3 fatty acids, phytonutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc and vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients play a part in preventing eye problems such as cataract and macular degeneration. Some food that are good for the eyes include fruits and green leafy vegetables, fatty fishes such as salmon, eggs and beans.

 

TOP 2 Take Vision Breaks 

Spending long hours in front of smartphones and computers can easily lead to strained and tired eyes, dry eyes, and blurry vision. Hence, it is important to reduce the damage to your eyes by taking periodic breaks away from the device or even when reading a book. Take a break every 20 minutes by looking at something far away for 20 seconds to decrease the chances of developing myopia. Use eye drops if your eyes feel dry in an air-conditioned room.

 

TOP 3 Get Regular Eye Checks

Regular eye checks are important to keep a tab on our eye health. It is recommended to have a complete eye exam early in adulthood, followed by regular eye exams (every 6 months to 1 year) thereafter. Eye checks are all the more important for individuals with a family history of eye disease, individuals with increased risk factors such as diabetes and individuals who are over 40 years old as the risk of eye disease increases dramatically with age.

 

TOP 4 Exercise

It is common knowledge that exercise is good for the overall health of the body. This applies to eye health too as exercise improves blood circulation, which increases the flow of oxygen to the eyes and aids in the removal of waste materials from the eyes. A lack of exercise has been linked to higher risk of myopia in children and higher risk of retinopathy and macular degeneration in adults due to heart complications caused by excess weight.

 

TOP 5 Avoid Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a leading cause of corneal infection due to the way it is put on. If you have to put on contact lenses, remember to clean your hands thoroughly. The lens and the lens case should also be cleaned with a sterile saline solution to minimize the risk of infection. Apart from the higher risk of eye infection compared to non-contact lens wearers, putting on contact lens for long hours also lowers the oxygen supply to the eyes.

 

TOP 6 Protect Eyes from the Sun

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is harmful to the eye and can increase the risk of cataract and macular degeneration. To counter this problem, we can wear glasses or sunglasses with 100% UV protection to ward off the harmful rays. Apart from sunglasses, there are also clear glasses that have UV coating that can serve this function.

 

TOP 7 Don’t Rub Eyes

Rubbing your eyes may be a normal action that we regularly perform, but it is in fact an avenue through which bacteria and viruses can enter our body through our eyes. The bacteria and viruses on our hands can cause eye infections such as bacterial conjunctivitis, and even colds and flu caused by viruses. Hence, it is advisable to clean our hands with soap before rubbing our eyes, and avoid the contact between our hands and eyes as much as possible.

 

TOP 8 Get Adequate Rest

A good night’s rest goes a long way in supporting the health of our bodies, and this includes the health of our eyes. A good sleep means that our eyes are well-rested and ready to function for the new day. This decreases the chances of blurry vision, strained eyes and dry eyes.

 

TOP 9 Ensure Accurate Prescription

If you are not able to see clearly using your current spectacles, it is time to pay a visit to the optometrist to get an up-to-date prescription and change your lenses accordingly. This will lessen the strain on your eyes to focus on objects both near and far and your eyes will feel less tired. If you still suffer from eye fatigue after updating your prescription, you could consider getting computer glasses for extra protection for your eyes.

 

TOP 10 Quit Smoking

Several studies have shown that smoking is linked to increased risk for eye diseases and problems. This could be due to the damage on blood vessels caused by smoking, which leads to blood vessel constriction and the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. As a result, lesser oxygen can reach the eye tissue and eye health is negatively affected.

 

 

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