How To Protect Your Eyes

Vision is one of your most important faculties, so you should be mindful about protecting your eyes. Below are tips to guide you;

Shielding Your Eyes with good-quality sunglasses. To ensure full UV protection, make sure that your sunglasses fit properly. Read the label and look for glasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays; UV light can cause cataracts and destroy your retinas.

Wear safety glasses or goggles. When doing anything that may result in you getting particles, fumes, or debris in your eyes, such as home repairs, yardwork, woodworking,  baseball, ball hockey, basketball, and squash or other similar endeavors to protect your eyes from harm.

Avoid rubbing your eyes, rubbing your eyes can cause the direct transfer of germs and lead to infections like conjunctivitis and can also exacerbate pre-existing eye conditions like progressive myopia and glaucoma. Aggressive rubbing can damage your cornea as well.If your eyes itch due to allergies, rubbing them can make the reaction more severe rather visit an eye doctor.

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Get an eye exam done at least every 2 years.  If you experience conditions like vision loss, pain, or irritation, make an appointment immediately. Eye doctors will test for disease and measure your visual acuity; they may give you a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, or recommend corrective eye surgery depending on the condition of your eyesight.

Use eye drops properly.Eye drops are an important part of treating and protecting your vision but many people have trouble inserting eye drops, it is important to know how to do it properly to ensure that your eyes receive the necessary care. To correctly put in eye drops:

  • Wash your hands and remove contact lenses, if necessary.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back and keep your eye open, concentrating on a spot on the ceiling.
  • Place your finger about an inch under your eye and pull downwards, creating a small pocket under your eyeball.
  • Use your free hand to hold the eyedrop bottle (or eyedropper) downwards over the pocket above your lower eyelid.
  • Squeeze the bottle or eyedropper lightly to insert one drop.
  • Remove your hand from your face, gently close your eye, and wait for the drop to be absorbed.

Get the right nutrition. Eat foods containing vitamins C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, zeaxanthin, and lutein to promote vision health. Foods rich in these nutrients include.

  • spinach
  • kale
  • grapefruit
  • strawberries
  • brussel sprouts
  • oranges
  • almonds
  • sunflower seeds

Get more sleep.Lack of sleep can lead to damage to the optic nerve, which can cause pain and impaired vision. To prevent these issues, improve your sleep by:

  • going to sleep and getting up at the same time every day
  • getting outside more during the day
  • exercising regularly during daytime hours
  • limiting caffeine and nicotine

Avoiding Eye Strain

Watch less TV. Prolonged viewing of television is harmful. It can cause eye strain and fatigue, which in turn can cause blurred vision. Exposure to TV should be limited, particularly for young children. Sitting too close to the TV may be an indicator, and not a cause, of vision problems in children.

Adjust your computer monitor. It is important to protect your eyes from eye strain when at the computer, particularly if your job requires you to be looking at a computer screen for the bulk of the day. If possible, Adjust your computer display settings to reduce eye strain. Look up from your screen or get up from your desk as often as possible to give your eyes a break

Be careful when reading. Always make sure to read in good lighting; reading in dim lighting can cause eye strain over time. Purchase a reading lamp or gooseneck lamp to better adjust your lighting when reading. Be sure to take frequent breaks to rest your eyes.

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