We often end up abusing our eyes—with increased screen usage, improper care and improper sleep. However, eye specialists say that eyes are delicate organs and they require essential care for good health. It is very simple to maintain healthy eyes well into your old age. Just follow these simple steps:
Get routine exams:
The National Eye Institute recommends getting a routine and thorough exam of the eye. This exam should be done by dilating the pupil (using eye drops) and checking the retina and the vitreous body for disease as well.
Many eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic eye disease can only be assessed by a comprehensive exam by a good eye specialist, and early detection can greatly help in the management of these diseases. Hence, do not shy away from a comprehensive and painless eye exam.
Wear protective eye gear:
The right eye gear can prevent a horde of accidental injuries. Protective gear is particularly important in the contact sports arena and certain professional activities.
Safety shields and safety glasses should be worn by professionals such as carpenters and welders. Protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, a material that is ten times stronger than other types of plastic.
Wear UV protectant glasses:
Shades are not only a great fashion accessory, but also a great eye-care necessity. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can accelerate aging and cell turnover, and put you at risk of developing cataract. Great protectant glasses are now easily available that can cancel upto 99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
Clean the lens properly:
Contact lens wearers should be particularly careful when handling and wearing their contact lenses. Improper storage and cleaning of contact lenses can horde bacteria and cause resistant infections.
Be sure to avoid wearing the lenses if there is some unexplained redness in the eye, or if you experience eye discomfort. Moreover, handle your lenses only after thoroughly washing your hands, and store them properly after disinfecting them.
We all know that carrots are good for the eyes; but do we put this knowledge into practice? Likely not. Eating healthy foods rich in lutein, zinc, omega-3 and vitamins C and E help ward off many vision related problems.
Examples of such foods include kale, salmon, tuna, oranges, citrus fruits, nuts, beans and eggs. A healthy diet can also combat the risk of type II diabetes, complications of which are the leading cause of blindness in adults.
Smoke from cigarettes is especially damaging to the eyes. From cataracts to macular degeneration, it causes vast damage in between. It also puts the eye at risk of damaging the optic nerve, which can lead to blindness.
Rest the eyes:
Constant screen usage without break is likely to fatigue and strain the eyes. Looking at a screen like a computer or TV makes you forget to blink, and this can cause the eyes to dry out and get fatigued. The easy rule for this is to look away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
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