Good vision helps you perform all of life's tasks easily and comfortably, be that at home, work, school or behind the wheel. A regular eye exam is one of the best ways of protecting your eyesight and an easy precaution to maintain an optimal level of eye health. However, there are also a number of things you can do on a daily basis that will help to keep your eyes healthy, let’s explore below.
Limit Screen Time
In today’s digital world, it’s inevitable that most of us look at some form of modern technology throughout our working day and then when we are at home. From work computers to home laptops, televisions, tablets and smart phones, we are all guilty of spending large amounts of time staring at screens. While much of our screen time is essential, it’s important to be mindful of just how much time we spend searching or streaming in our spare time and limit it where possible. A good tip to remember is the 20-20-20 rule, whereby for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen of some type, you should gaze at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
We talk a lot about the damage harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can do to our skin, but those same rays can also harm your eyes. Potential eye health problems that result from excessive UV exposure include cornea burns and cataracts. Always wear high quality sunglasses that block 99%-100% UVA and UVB rays when outside, even on cloudy days. Always read the label to ensure you're getting the right protection or come in to see us and we’ll help choose the right eye protection for you. Try to encourage children to include sunglasses as part of their sun smart routine before they go outside.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Good eye health starts with what goes into your body so it’s essential to consume a diet rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These can help reduce the risk of age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Fill your plate with:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Citrus fruits
- Salmon, tuna, other oily fish as well as oysters
- Eggs, nuts, beans, and other high protein foods
Don't Ignore Discomfort in Your Eyes
If you find yourself suffering from red, itchy eyes, don't hesitate to use antihistamines or soothing eye drops. Always remove dust and dirt from your eyes by rinsing them with clean water or a formulated saline solution. If you notice your eyes straining or anything that doesn’t seem right, always seek the assistance of your Optometrist. They will be able to diagnose and treat any small issues before they become bigger problems.
Be Mindful of Other Health Conditions
There are numerous health conditions not normally associated with the eye that need to be monitored in order to maintain healthy eyes. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two which can cause changes in blood vessels that can diminish blood flow to the eyes. This in turn can cause your vision to deteriorate. Always discuss your medical history with your eye doctor and ensure you have regular eye examinations.
Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress and can damage sensitive blood vessels in the eyes. It has been shown that smoking can increase your risk of cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. Quit smoking to significantly reduce your risk of eye disease.
Utilise Safety Glasses
If you work with hazardous or airborne materials, you should always wear safety glasses or protective goggles to prevent particles for entering and damaging your eyes. In addition, many sports such as hockey and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wearing sports goggles or helmets with protective face masks will help to shield your eyes.
Some other ways to keep your eyes healthy include simple lifestyle things that can make a difference to your overall health and wellbeing. Having sufficient sleep and participating in mild aerobic exercise both support the health of your eyes by improving blood circulation which increases oxygen levels to the eyes and helps the removal of toxins.
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