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11 tips for the health of your eyes

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11 tips for the health of your eyes

Ava Morris August 24, 2018

During a day our eyes experience a lot of strain and we should take care of them to have a good vision for many years.

1. Exercise your eyes

If you spend a lot of time in front of your computer, then you must have noticed that in the middle of the day your eyes are tired and feel dry. This is because we blink about half as often when we’re looking at a screen.

The monitor should be placed below eye level at the distance of 60 cm. Cut glare by moving light sources or using a screen filter.

Every 20 minutes, make exercise for eyes. Look at least 6 meters away for at least 20 seconds.

2. Always wear sunglasses

UV radiation can hurt your eyes just like it does your skin. Effects add up and can cause problems like cataracts, cornea burns, and even cancer of the eyelid.

Whenever you’re outside wear sunglasses or contacts with UV-blockers. Don’t forget to wear glasses even on cloudy days because snow, water, sand, and concrete all can reflect UV rays.

3. Use safety glasses

Eye injuries can happen not only on a job site but also at home. Use safety glasses whenever a project might send debris flying or splash hazardous chemicals. Some sports such as swimming, skiing or basketball require wearing glasses to help prevent eye injuries.

Lenses should be made of polycarbonate plastic which is 10 times more impact resistant than other materials.

4. Include in your diet foods useful for your heart and your eyes

Foods that help circulation are good for your heart and vision. Choose heart-healthy foods like citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and whole grains. Foods rich in zinc such as beans, peas, peanuts, oysters, lean red meat, and poultry, can help eyes resist light damage.

Beta-carotene in carrots and other yellow and orange foods is important for good vision. Beta-carotene is converted in Vitamin A in our body the lack of which can lead to problems with eyes.

Lutein and zeaxenthin found in greens, spinache, cabbage and other leafy greens are also useful for your vision.

  1. Don’t ignore eye pain

If your eyes are itchy or red, soothe them with cold compresses, antihistamines, or eye drops. If you feel grittiness, like there’s sand in your eye, rinse with clean water or saline.

See a doctor if symptoms continue, or if you have eye pain, swelling, or sensitivity to light. Never treat the symptoms yourself.

6. Clean your contact lenses

Always wash your hands before touching the lenses. Disinfect your lenses each time you remove them. Use only approved cleaners and drops. Don’t wear lenses longer than recommended.

Don’t wear lenses when you’re swimming or using cleaning products like bleach. Don’t leave daily wear lenses in while you sleep.

7. Know your health history

Many seemingly unrelated health conditions can affect your eyes. High blood pressure and diabetes can reduce blood flow to the eyes. Immune system disorders can have a negative impact on your eyes, too.

8. Read drug labels

Many types of drugs can affect your vision. Be on the lookout for possible side effects from various medications used to treat different conditions. Tell your doctor if you notice issues like dry or watery eyes, double vision, light sensitivity, puffy or droopy eyelids, and blurred vision.

9. Throw away old eye makeup

Bacteria grow easily in liquid or creamy eye makeup. Throw out open products after 3 months.

Never use expired makeup.

Before applying makeup, thoroughly clean your skin. Never share cosmetics and don’t use store samples.

10. Get regular eye exams

You should get your eyes checked regularly, even if you don’t wear glasses. It will be at least every other year from ages 18-60, or every year if you’re older, wear contact lenses, or have risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease.

11. Stop smoking

Smoking has a negative impact on the whole body, including your vision. Smoking significantly increase in incidence of macular degeneration as well as raising your risk of developing cataracts and aggravating uncomfortable dry eyes. It also builds up plaque in your bloodstream and weakens arteries.

This not only raises your risk of a heart attack, but it can damage the retina and cause vision loss. The earlier you stop smoking, the less is risk to have complications.