It is very important to know how to maintain excellent vision so that you can keep your eyes healthy . This is critical to your total well-being.
The human eye, with its unique shape, is the organ that allows vision and forms part of the sensory nervous system.
Many problems with the eye are usually age-related. The eyes can be protected from diseases like cataract, macular degeneration, and glaucoma if the following 13 simple but very important habits and practices can be followed;
1. Monitor Symptoms of Medication Side Effects
Mild and severe forms of eye defect symptoms may develop from the use of certain medications. Monitor your eyes when you are on any medication and report immediately to your doctor for examination if you notice you show any of these signs;
- Blurry Vision
- Eye Puffiness
- Double Vision
- Sensitivity to Light
- Extremely Watery Eyes
- Dry Eyes
- Droopy Eyelids
Also, watch out for health conditions like Graves’ disease, Diabetics, and High Blood Pressure. Autoimmune diseases can cause changes to your eyes. Address any changes to your eyes caused by any disease immediately.
2. Use Protective Eye Wear
When at home or at work, wear protective eyewear when handling harmful chemicals or extreme lighting or heating materials. Wear protective goggles always.
Protect your eyes from a sports injury by wearing the correct protective gadgets. Sports injury commonly affects the eyes.
3. Eat Well Balanced Diet
Eat a well-balanced diet to provide enough nourishment to the blood vessels that supply your eyes with blood. Food nutrients such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids (from salmon, tuna and oily fish), Zinc, Vitamins C and E and Lutein help with nourishing the eyes. Beta Carotene and Zeaxanthin protect the eyes. Green leafy vegetables and Citrus Juices such as oranges are good for maintaining good eye health.
4. Rest Your Eyes
You strain your eyes from looking at the computer monitor for too long. You can use screen filters to prevent too much light from entering your eyes when sitting in front of your computer. Lower the computer screen and sit 25 inches away from where the computer is.
Staring at the computer screen for long can lead to headaches, dryness and blurry vision. Whenever you stare at the computer screen for 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds ( The 20-20-20 rule). Rest your eyes every 20 minutes after staring at the screen.
5. Smoking harms the eyes
Smoking does not only affect the lungs. It also causes the eye a lot of discomfort and increases your chance of contracting cataracts. Quit smoking to prevent this disease from affecting your eyes. In the same way, avoid smoke as much as you can.
6. Exercise the eyes
Exercising your eyes help maintain excellent vision. According to the Bright Side, it takes only about 10 minutes to do these simple everyday exercises that help your eyes have an excellent vision but only some few people do them;
- Blinking your eyes for 60 seconds. Blinking is an excellent way to relax your eyes. It greases and cleans the eyes. Good for those who use the computer a lot.
- Rotate your head to the left and right while staring ahead for 60 seconds
- Move your gaze in different directions
- Close your eyes and relax
- Push against your temples with your fingers
- Draw geometric figures with your gaze
- Move your eyeballs up and down
- Strengthen your eyes with far and near focusing.
Do these exercises for 60 seconds each. Make them your daily routine to help relax your eyes, take a break from light and send enough circulation to your eyes to strengthen the muscles, keep your eyes looking healthy and maintain excellent vision.
7. Wear Sun Glasses
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from too much of the sun’s UV rays which can cause macular degeneration and cataracts. The right shade of glasses can shield the sun’s harmful rays to protect your eyes.
8. Wearing Prescription Lens
Wearing the wrong prescription lens or contact lens causes your eyes to get tired from straining. It also creates discomfort in the eyes.
9. Maintain Good Hygiene When Wearing Contact Lens
Keep your contact lenses from getting infected by washing your hands before you wear them and when removing them. Disinfect and replace regularly.
Makeup cosmetics can harbor bacteria that can affect the eyes especially liquid and powdery forms of it. Wash your face before and after applying makeup. Take action by being selective with the type of makeup products you use. When applying makeup items like mascara, take action by preventing the liquid from entering your eyes.
11. Seek Professional Advice Early
Seek professional help or advice if you notice any of these eye-related signs;
- Flashes of light
- Light sensitivity
- Vision loss
Many eye diseases do not show early signs until the condition manifests. Take action immediately you notice any of these signs.
12. Clean Your Eyes the Right Way
Remove dirt from your eyes by using a saline solution specially formulated for the eye. For red itchy eyes use soothing drops and cold compressors for sore eyes.
13. Regular Eye Exam
Between the ages of 18 to 60 years, an eye examination is done annually. When you have any disease that affects the eyes or you wear contact lenses, a regular eye test is needed.
Early eye examination detects problems such as presbyopia, glaucoma, astigmatism, and farsightedness. A doctor will assess your eyesight during an examination.
These simple yet very important guides if followed will help keep your eyes healthy and maintain excellent vision.
How have you been keeping your eyes healthy? Please share your secrets with us?