Summary: We have covered some top tried & tested tips to maintain a healthy balance of your eyes which is of utmost importance. Read on to know the best advice for healthy vision.
A life without eyesight is nothing! Just like the other parts of the body, our eyes also need proper care and attention, which is essential for living a quality life. The health of your eyes can change gradually and within no time you might have a serious eye problem. Moreover, one must understand the fact that the risk for vision loss occurs mostly in the elderly people, those who are above 45 years of age. However, most of the vision problems are treatable and can be avoidable if you follow these tried and tested tips.
- Eat Well
Whenever it’s about bad health, a healthy diet is its prime solution. Similarly, for healthy eyesight, a good diet is one of the most important things you need. For that, make sure your body must have nutrients like Vitamin E and C, lutein, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients can be easily found in spinach, kale, collards, salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, grapefruit, lemon and oranges. Besides, eggs, beans and nuts are some important protein sources that are also considered in a well-balanced diet for that healthy eyesight.
- Wear Sunglasses
If you believe that shades are just a part of fashion accessories and are meant to be flaunted then you need to change your perspective. A right pair of shades protects your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. UV protected sunglasses could prevent you from cataracts, pinguecula and macular degeneration. So, as taking a healthy diet, wearing good pair of UV protected sunglasses is equally important in order to have good eyesight. Just to make it more reliable, UV protected contact lenses are also available in the market that works in a similar way the sunglasses.
- Look Away From the Computer Screen
In simple words, avoid excessive exposure to computer screens. Not just the computer screens but phone too damages your eye health. A major chunk of people gets an eye problem because of excessive use of a computer or phone. Eyestrains, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, and long distance focus issues are some problems that you can face in your eyes if you are investing too much of your time on computer and phone screens. And if you are already facing these problems then there are chances that you are having bad eye health. Though it’s impossible to keep yourself away from the screens because of today’s hectic lifestyle, yet, you can manage to do it somehow by maintaining an arm’s distance between your eyes and the computer screen.
- Use Safety Eyewear
Well, this is one of the most important points to take into consideration for good eye health. No doubt, contact lenses are more reliable and easy to carry as compared to sunglasses, but, are you taking proper care of your lenses? Around 85% of contact lenses users live in a misbelief that they are using their lenses properly. So, it’s always important to carefully follow the guideline and prescription while handling your lenses. Never use saliva or tap water to clean your lenses as it could lead hundreds of bacteria into your eyes.
- Take a Break from Your Screen
If you are in a corporate world then you must be using the computer screen for the straight 8-9 hours. This could a reason for your eyestrain. No, this doesn’t mean you should quit your job. Small breaks in every 1-2 hours could be enough to help you in preventing eye strain. All you just have to do is to get your head up, look around you (except the computer screens) and blink your eyes a few times to get relieved from your strain. Also, try to get up from your seat and take a 5-minutes break in every 2-3 hours to avoid any eyestrain.
- Visit the Eye Doctor
Just like for any other health problem, you should have a routine check-up for your eyes as well. Being a sensitive body part, your eyes need professional and specialized care. Sometimes, we tend to ignore a minor eye health issue which in reality could later turn out to be a serious eye health problem. An eye specialist has all the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to restrain that minor issue from being a serious problem. As per the doctors, one should have an eye examination once every two years. Vision test, coordination between both eyes, microscopic and external eye examination, and optic nerve test are some important examinations that you should undergo on your routine checkup.
- Consider Your Family Health History
Sometimes the reason behind your eye problem could be the heredity. So, it is important to know your family history. If someone in your family has high blood pressure or diabetes then there are greater chances of you suffering from eye diseases. Also, check the history of your family eye diseases and discuss it with your eye specialist to not to inherit such diseases.
- Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Of all the things that cause eye issues, this is something which we all do. Rubbing your eyes is a bad habit which damages the good health of eyes. We don’t realise this but most of the time our hands include hundreds of germs. By rubbing your eyes, you allow the direct transmission of these germs into your eyes which could lead to various eye diseases or infections. So, try not to rub your eyes. Also, make sure to clean your hands with soap or sanitizer in case you can’t stop yourself from rubbing your eyes.
- Get Rid of Bad Habits
Our bad habits are also the major causes of eyes issues we faced. It’s always hard to get rid of something, especially bad habits but it’s good for your own. Bad habits like reading in low lights or too much use of eye drops are responsible for your bad health. However, smoking is also a significant bad habit that causes eye issues in almost all the people who smoke. Though it very hard to quit smoking, instead, you can opt any alternative to smoking. It would certainly not be entirely healthy for your health but at the time it wouldn’t be as harmful as smoking.
- Stay Hydrated
Adequate water in your body is the solution of every health problem including bad eye health. Being dehydrated could result in the dry eyes. The only solution to keep your eyes healthy is to drink as much water as you can to stay hydrated.
- Avoid Excessive Coffee Consumption
Surprised? Yes, coffee can also trouble your eyes, but only when you are taking it too much. If you have a habit of drinking coffee in every like 3-4 hours then it would be idle to replace it with green tea. Green tea also helps in fulfilling the fluid requirement to the body. It is a great source of catechins which help eyes to fight various eye health issues like AMD and cataracts.
In these ways, you can attain good eye health. However, besides these, you need to be well aware of maintaining a proper balance of your activities, habits, hygiene, stress and diet to live an overall healthy lifestyle.
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