The eye being the windows to your soul is distinct reminder of our responsibility to maintain good eyesight. Nowadays, it’s pretty easy to take our eyes for granted. With the rise of technology including smartphones, tablets, laptops and so forth, often times we refuse to stop overworking our eyes despite the signs that these too, needs rest, just as your mind and body need their beauty rest.
Don’t wait until you experience the common circumstances of neglecting your eyesight which are blurred vision, recurring eye pain, floating or blotches of lights, inflammation, double vision, eye pain and more. Once you have experienced these signs you are likely to seek the assistance of an optometrist to sort out the problem with your sight.
In case this hasn’t crossed your mind and if it isn’t too late, yet, there are certainly daily habits that will promote healthier eyesight for the long haul. Read on if you want to know more.
Adhering to a healthy diet really helps promote good vision. It may seem a challenge at first but if you remind yourself why it’s important to eat healthy food then you have enough motivation to stick to healthy meals. Stuff your appetite with lots of nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, zinc, lutein and vitamin E. This reduces the chances of you experiencing eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Some foods that will be a good addition to your daily healthy meals are salmon, green leafy vegetables such as collards, kale, spinach, tuna, nuts, beans, eggs, orange, oysters and so much more. Not only does keeping a well-balanced diet help you take care of your eye health, but it also helps you maintain the right weight that’s recommended for your age. This reduces our chances of obesity which typically leads to type-2 diabetes, which is one of the major causes of blindness.
Take time off to rest your eyes
It would be helpful if you keep track of the time you’ve been using your eyes notably for reading or staring at the computer screen. It’s best to take time off to rest those tired eyes, anyway, you won’t be as productive as when you’re eyes are well rested. Straining your eyes further will only lead to future eye problems.
Wear UV Protected Sunglasses
We can’t help but go somewhere where our eyes are prone to the harmful UV rays of the sun. This is fine so long as you have your eyes protected with a UV protected eyewear every time you go out and stay under the sun. Sunglasses that can block 99%-100% UVA and UVB rays and even those that are polarised are ideal because it blocks out the glare.
Don’t stare too long at your computer screen
Nothing good ever happens when you keep staring at your computer screen for hours and hours on end. Often times we are oblivious to the negative impact of excessive computer use on our health especially our eyes. Always remember to look away or get up and stretch every once in a while to get the strain out. Some of the negative impacts of excessive staring at the computer screen are headaches, blurry vision, eyestrain, dry eyes, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain.
Use safety glasses when appropriate
If your eyes are prone to hazardous debris while working, it’s best to keep safe by wearing protective glasses. Some sports leads your eyes to be at risk of flying objects like racquetball, hockey and lacrosse are recommended to wear eye protection ideally with polycarbonate lenses.
Set your working table and chair comfortably away from the window
Depending on your nature of work, if you don’t need too much sunlight then it’s best not to position your working table and chair too close to the windows. The glare coming from the windows can be blinding and could cause unnecessary strain to your eyes if exposed too often. Perhaps you’d like to wear sunglasses even while working at home? Sounds funny but more than likely, this is what you’ll need to do if the windows are too close to your working table.
Don’t smoke or at least try to stop this bad habit
Smoking can have detrimental effects on your health and your eyes are not an exception. This bad habit has proven to cause cataracts, macular degeneration as well as damage to the optic nerve. Getting rid of this bad habit allows you to enjoy life much more whilst being healthy and with good vision even as you age.
Have regular eye check up
Getting your eye checked by an optometrist regularly, even for kids is necessary if you want yours or your kid’s vision to function optimally. Eye exams also detect diseases that show no symptoms such as glaucoma. This allows you to treat such disease during their early stages which are easier rather than later when it’s too late.
These tips are practical and doable if you get into the habit of protecting yours and your family’s eye health. Our eyes are necessary and important in order to function optimally and enjoy life better so if we incorporate these simple tips into our daily routine, in the long run, you’ll be thankful for doing so.