Our eyes are the essential organ of sense. They register around 80% of our sensory impressions. That’s why it’s so important to protect them and keep them healthy. Here are practical tips to do just that:
- Hues of yellow
Include yellow and orange-coloured food in your daily diet. Pumpkin, carrot and egg yolk are a few examples of sunshine-coloured foods that contain specific nutrients like carotenoids that protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), etc. Even green foods like spinach, cabbage, lettuce and kale have these nutrients.
- Fresh eye makeup
Germs in your eye makeup products can make their way into your eyes and cause infections. These can linger in your liners, kohls and mascaras. A safer option will be to replace these items every 3-6 months.
- Sunlight exposure
Increased exposure to UV light for extended periods of time can be harmful to the eyes. The UV levels are at their highest between 10 AM to 4 PM, avoid spending too much time outside. On bright days, wear appropriate eyewear. Children tend to spend more time outdoors, so look for sunglasses for them that have UVA and UVB protection.
- Time off
Working in front of a computer is something we cannot avoid. However, there are a few measures we can adapt to make sure our eyes don’t get too affected. Make sure you are seated at a hand’s distance from your screen and that the centre of it is about 10-15 degrees below your line of sight.
You can reduce eye strain and give your eyes a break by adopting the 20/20/20 rule which means that every 20 minutes, you should look at something 20 feet away and keep your gaze there for 20 seconds. It holds good at home also while watching TV or playing video games.
- Regular check-ups
For those without any eye problems, visiting an eye specialist once a year can help detect any changes early. Those who already have poor vision or any other issues can visit the specialist once in six months to make sure they are wearing the right power glasses, etc. It is natural for our eyesight to deteriorate as we age. The American Optometric Association recommends that anyone between 19 – 40 years of age, get their eyes checked once in two years.
- Good hygiene and bad habits
Maintaining proper hygiene like washing your hands can help keep your eyes safe from infections and allergies. Dropping habits like smoking and drinking can keep the eyes (and the rest of the body) healthy. Smoking increases the risk of AMD, glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye syndrome and more.
- Prevent dry eyes
Some people have dry eyes which means they don’t produce enough tears, so their eyes don’t get the lubrication they need to stay healthy. Also, air conditioning and central heating can worsen this condition. Blinking often and drinking water can help.
Just by following these steps, you can keep your eyes healthy and see a brighter future (literally).
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