The eyes are one of the most delicate organs in the body, so they need to be handled with great care and should not be taken for granted. Here are some guidelines by Belson Opticians to ensure you take good care of them are discussed below.
1. Quit smoking
Each you smoke, you risk damaging your optic nerve, getting cataracts, degenerating your muscles, and causing many other health problems. Once addicted, it is not easy to quit, but with time and consistency, you definitely will. This means the more times you try refraining, the better the chances of succeeding in quitting.
2. Wear sunglasses
Sunglasses, if of the right shade, will do a good job of protecting your eyes from ultra Violet radiation. A lot of exposure to UV rays leads to macular degeneration and cataracts. When choosing your sunglasses consider one that offers 99%protection. To protect against radiation from the side, you can opt for wraparound lenses. Some contact lenses also offer protection, but it is advisable to wear some sunglasses still. You can get trending sunglasses from your local opticians or purchasing online.
3. Don’t look directly into the computer screen
Staring at a computer screen for quite a long time causes several issues; eyestrain, dry eyes, shoulder, neck, and back pain, blurry vision, headaches, and trouble focusing at a distance. To protect your eyes in this case, consider the following;
- use artificial tears or try to blink in case you have dry eyes
- Ensure you use lenses and glasses with up-to-date prescriptions and one that is good for looking at a computer screen
- Your screen should be slightly lower, so your eyes are at the same level as the monitor.
- Use a comfortable, supportive chair, and ensure that you place your feet flat on the floor.
- Take mid breaks; by this, ensure that after every 20 minutes, you avoid looking at the screen for at least 20 minutes, and if you are taking too long with the screen, take at least a 15-minute break every 2 hours.
- In case of persistent eyestrain, consult a doctor
- Use anti-glare screens.
4. Eat well-Always ensure you eat a balanced diet.
Nutrients like lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C & E aid in getting rid of vision problems that come with age. Always ensure your plate has the following;
- oysters and pork
- Eggs, beans, and nuts.
- Green vegetables
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Tuna, salmon, and other oily fishes
5. Use safety eyewear
When dealing with hazardous chemicals or when in a dangerous environment, put on protective goggles or safety glasses. You should also wear protective eyewear when playing games like hockey.
6. Make regular visits to your optician
Eye checkup is a must for everyone. This helps to identify an eye disease and spot them early so treatment will be easier. An eye exam can also help to see how well you’re eye works and your eye pressure to test glaucoma, and with that, you can also tell if you have astigmatism, if you’re far-sighted or if you’re nearsighted. You can check out what they have in store for you when it comes to your eyes.