Things to avoid for healthy Eyes
Our eyes are the windows to the soul and the world, also your eyes are among your most vital organs. Your eyes let you see shapes and depth and millions of colors, but also help manage the light signals that keep your body’s internal clock running properly which is very important for the daily discipline. They are also among the most vulnerable parts of your body, and they need your protection to maintain and improve your eyesight.
While we know that wearing protective glasses during activities such as woodworking and landscaping are important, there are some other ways to protect your eyes and keep them healthy all the time.
1. Eating good for good vision
Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health of your eyes.
Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
having a balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
2. Quit Smoking
3. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses always protects your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration.. Thus every eye care center recommends sunglasses which are UV protected.
Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving.
4. Staring directly into the sun
You should never stare directly into the sun even if you are wearing UV sunglasses. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can damage the sensitive parts of the retina if it is exposed to full sunlight.
Our recommendation, is to wear polarized sunglasses, if going out for long hours in sun for activities like fishing, hiking, trekking etc
5. Look Away From the Computer Screen
Do not stare at your computer screen for a very long time as it may cause eye strain and dry eyes. Limit your time looking at computer, tablet, and phone screens if possible. it can cause
- Blurry vision
- Trouble focusing at a distance
- Dry eyes
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
6. Look for warning signs of changes in your vision
If you notice changes in your vision, see your eye doctor immediately. Some trouble signs to look for are double vision, hazy vision and difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Other symptoms of potentially serious eye problems that warrant immediate attention include red eyes, frequent flashes of light, floaters, and eye pain and swelling.
7. Avoid Sleeping in contacts and Swimming in contacts
Never ever sleep with your contact lenses until and unless your doctor specifically instructs have given you instructions to do so. Eyes need regular flow of oxygen, especially during sleep and contacts stop the flow of oxygen in eyes Also do not swim in contact lenses unless you are wearing tight fitted swimming goggles because water is the breeding ground for the type of parasites that can, in severe cases, lead to vision loss.
8. Rubbing your eyes
you should not rub your eyes too much rubbing them can cause breaking of the blood vessels under the eyelids.
9. Using a tube of mascara for too long
Makeup products are most likely contaminated with things that can affect your eyes. you should not use your eye makeup after three months, to be safe.
10. Not visiting an eye doctor when something is wrong with your eyes
Many times we avoid going to the doctor which can be very dangerous at times so If something is up with your eyes, even if it seems small, it’s crucial to get in touch with your eye doctor as soon as possible. So many things are correctable at first, but the longer it goes on, the hard it is to treat.
11. Working and reading in dim light
Working and reading in dim light can cause eye strain so to be more comfortable, only work and read in areas where there is enough light.
12. Use of wrong eye drops
Don’t just grab any old bottle of eye drops out of your medicine cabinet please check the expiry date and do consult a doctor before using any eye drops.
Taking the following steps to protect your eyes:
- Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use.
- Some people may need glasses to help with contrast, glare, and eye strain when using a computer.
- Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
- Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
- Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
- If your eyes are dry, blink more.
- Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.