Your eyes are such an important part of your daily life because you use them in almost everything you do. Just imagine a world where you couldn’t use your eyes. Despite them being so important, they are often a part of your body that are neglected, overlooked or taken for granted. That’s why today I wanted to focus on tips for healthy eyes.
There are many simple and easy ways for you to take care of your eyes including little things that you can incorporate into your daily routine. You can practise tips and tricks as a family, to ensure that everyone’s eyes are being thought about and looked after. To help you, the experts at Optimax have put together ten tips for healthy eyes, which even the busiest families can manage.
The first and arguably most important piece of advice for taking care of your eyes is to look after your overall health. Maintaining healthy eyes usually begins with a balanced diet, exercise, enough sleep and no smoking.
Experts say that eating a diet that is high in lutein and zeaxanthin will have a positive impact on your sight. This is because these chemicals block harmful light wavelengths from your eyes. They can also reduce your chances of developing AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and cataracts. You can incorporate more of these chemicals into your diet by eating more kale, spinach and other greens. Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is also helpful for your health and, in turn, your eyes.
You should also make sure you and your family are getting a good amount of exercise each day. Exercise helps your oxygen intake and blood circulation, which is beneficial for your eyes. In addition, a good night’s sleep helps remove any irritants that have gotten into your eyes throughout the day, helping to freshen your eyes by the next morning.
Regular Eye Tests
If you’re a busy parent, it can be hard to find the time to go for regular eye tests, particularly with your children too. However, they are an essential part of maintaining healthy eyes. Not only do they make sure you and your family always have the correct prescription, but they can also help you spot early signs of eye disease. Your eyes can tell you a lot about the state of your health, so having them looked at by a professional on a regular basis is important.
It is recommended that you have your eyes tested at least every two years. It’s also recommended that children should begin regular eye tests from the age of beginning school.
Whether you’re a fan of DIY, or you have a job that may involve dust or other debris coming in close contact with your eyes, you must ensure that you’re wearing protective eyewear. Foreign bodies in your eyes can lead to serious problems, particularly if you’re exposed to them on a regular basis. So, don’t underestimate how much wearing protective goggles can help you.
It is also important to wear protective eyewear for playing sports so that you avoid any physical injuries to your eyes.
Reduce Screen Time
We live in a digital world where we are surrounded by screens. Whether you’re addicted to your phone, or you work a nine-to-five in front of a computer, spending too long looking at screens can have an effect on your eyes. It is unlikely to do permanent damage, but it can cause blurry vision, irritation, burning, strain or heavy/tired eyes, which can worsen over time. Looking at a screen for too long can also stop you from blinking as much as you should. This can cause dry eyes or even teary eyes, as a response to the dryness.
To combat this, you can make a conscious effort to keep you and your family from spending too much time in front of tablets, televisions or phones. But, if you have no choice but to look at a screen for prolonged periods of time, you can try the 20-20-20 tip. This is when every 20 minutes, you focus your eyes or something that’s 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. This can help your eyes from feeling too fatigued from prolonged screen time.
You wouldn’t stay out in the hot sun without wearing any sunscreen, so why would you do that with your eyes? UV rays from the sunlight can affect your eyes just as much as they affect your skin. That’s why it is important to ensure you and your family are wearing sunglasses when out in the sun. Make sure you select sunglasses with proper UV protection, to prevent any damage from UV rays.
Good General Hygiene
Another way in which you can help make sure you’re taking care of your eyes is to maintain good general hygiene around your home. If your surroundings get too dusty, it can have an effect on your eyes, particularly if you have little ones around. Keeping your home fully cleaned and vacuumed can help prevent this issue.
Rubbing your eyes throughout the day can also harm your eyes, so you should avoid doing this where possible. It can be difficult to get little ones to stop rubbing their eyes so one way you can help is to make sure your family are washing their hands frequently enough. This means that should anyone rub their eyes by accident, their hands are clean.
Careful with Makeup
If you’re a makeup wearer, you may be more susceptible to eye irritations, because your eyes are exposed to a number of substances. That’s why if you are a regular makeup wearer, you should try to maintain good hygiene where you can. That means not sharing makeup products, and keeping your brushes clean, this is especially important around your eyes.
You should also make sure that you are taking off your eye makeup before you go to bed. Sleeping with it on can irritate your eyes throughout the night. So, although it may seem like a chore, it is essential for maintaining good eye health.
Practise Eye Exercises
Just like the rest of your body, your eyes can do with a little bit of exercise from time to time to keep them healthy. You can keep them in good shape by practising a few exercises. This could involve things like tracing a figure of 8 with your eyes, or switching focus from something close by, to something far away. The 20-20-20 trick, which was mentioned earlier, is also an eye exercise you can try.
It’s not to say that eye exercises can improve your vision, but they may help your eyes feel better if you’re suffering from eye strain.
Know Your Family History
It is always important for you to have a good understanding of your family’s medical history, so you should treat eye medical history the same. Some eye conditions are hereditary or cluster in families. So, in order to keep your eyes healthy, you should be vigilant and have a good understanding of your family’s eye health history. Just being aware of the family history will help you to spot any symptoms early, which may prevent you from developing serious eye disease.
Use Appropriate Lighting
Not having the proper lighting in your home can have an effect on your eyes, causing strain or irritation. For instance, reading in a room with low light can strain your eyes, making them feel heavy and tired. To stop this from happening, make sure you keep your windows clean and your curtains open during the day. Also, your electric lighting should be in good condition. If you or your family are reading or doing close-up work at home, use a direct lamp if you can to avoid eye strain.
Following these tips for healthy eyes and best practices will help you to take good care of your eyes and will help you make positive changes that your whole family can get involved in.
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