Ever thought of how important your eyes are? They are the windows to your world. Your eyes are most precious and taking care of them is a must. So things like getting enough sleep, seeing the doctor regularly, giving your eyes regular breaks especially from digital screens are some of the measures we need to take into consideration. However in case you have vision problems with your eyes, always seek an appointment with the doctor.
In this article we shall discuss three major methods that you can use to take care of your precious eyes.
METHOD ONE: Practice of Good Eye Care Habits
1. Wearing of protective UV sunglasses
UV rays are dangerous to our eyes and it is recommended that a person should wear a protection whenever they step outside or when the sun is shinning. Good sunglasses should have a labelled sticker that specifies the lenses blocking 99% or 100% of the UVA and UVB rays.
It is important to always protect your children from UV rays because damages to your eyes always take time to build up; it doesn’t happen instantly. Caution, never look directly to the sun even if you wearing sunglasses. The sun’s rays are much powerful and can lead to damages to your inner parts of the retina.
2. Exercise regularly
In order to prevent diseases like diabetes which affect the eyes, it is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of exercising three times a week. This will help in the reduction of serious eyes diseases like muscular degeneration or glaucoma.
3. Always get enough sleep
Eye fatigue can be contributed when a person gets inadequate sleep. Adults are required to sleep about 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Some of the symptoms of eye fatigue include the eye dryness or excessive tears, blurred visions, difficulty in focusing, pain in the neck etc.
4. Pay a visit to an eye practitioner regularly
Trained professionals (ophthalmologist) are the ones who take care of our eyes whenever we feel there is a problem in our vision. Visiting them depends if you have no vision problems. On the other hand, they say that you should visit the practitioner after every 5-10 years during your 20s-30s. Visit 2-4 years if you are between 40-65 years. For those above 65 years should visit 1-2 years intervals.
METHOD TWO: Protect Your Eyes While Using Digital Screen
1. Blinking exercise
Eye dryness is normally caused by less blinking of your eyes. Blinking helps your eyes and has health benefits. Blinking every 30 seconds is a way to combat eyes dryness especially when you are looking at your computer or any other digital screen like smartphones.
2. Limit your time in computer usage
Glare from your computer screen causes muscle fatigue in your eyes. This happens from either the screen being so dark or so bright. A computer doesn’t cause permanent eyes damages but rather cause eye strains and eye dryness.
3. Ensure you have a straight eye-level position towards your computer screen
This is for the benefit of avoiding computer eye strains. Looking at the bottom or top of your computer screen is not advisable.
4. Use the 20-20-20 rule.
This rule implies that when you working using a computer, work for 20 minutes then look at something that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds as you continue working. This is meant to create breaks thus ensuring your eyes are taken care of. This is somehow like an eye exercise.
5. Use Computer Glasses
Although frequent breaks can be beneficial, using precautionary measures such as computer glasses can be a great help. This will help you reduce or minimize the glare brought my digital screens. Thus prevents eye strain and even eye irritation.
METHOD THREE: Good Eating Habits
1. Eat carrots
We are all familiar with the benefits of eating carrots. Carrots are very helpful for better eyesight.
2. Eat foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids
Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating this food twice or thrice would be beneficial to your eyes.
3. Eat foods that contain vitamin c
Foods and fruits like oranges, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts and bell peppers are to be included in your diet. This vitamin is important to your eye health.
4. Eat foods that contain lots of zinc, vitamin E, lutein and Zeaxanthin will contribute to healthy eyes and prevent age-related muscular degeneration.
In conclusion, we need to always take care of our eyes because they let us see the world. Vision problems are preventable and regular eye check-ups are always essential. Your eyes are precious, remember that!
Let me hear your personal experiences about taking care of your eyes below.