Simple Steps for Healthy Eyes
1. Eat Healthy
Antioxidants and other important nutrients may reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Specific antioxidants can have additional benefits as well; for example, vitamin A protects against blindness, and vitamin C may play a role in preventing or alleviating glaucoma.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids appear to help the eye in a variety of ways, from alleviating symptoms of dry eye syndrome to guarding against macular damage.
2. Quit Smoking
Smoking increases your chances of getting cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.
3. Right Sun-glass
Ultraviolet rays can literally burn your eyes, much the same way they can burn your skin. The symptoms: red, itchy, or gritty-feeling eyes. This kind of discomfort is usually short-lived, but researchers have found that long-term exposure to UV rays can have a permanent affect, including cataracts and irreversible damage to the retina. So make sure your glass is equipped with both UVA and UVB protection. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving. Over exposure of sun can make you more likely to catch cataract and macular degeneration.
Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear protection like helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses to shield your eyes.
4. Break from Monitor
Continuous working on monitor for long hours can cause:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble focusing
- Dry eyes
- Neck, Back & Shoulder pain
Follow below mentioned steps to avoid above problems:
- Do not keep staring at the monitor for too long. Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break. Stretching your body and little eye roll while you are at your work place can also help.
- Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
- Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
- If your eyes are dry, blink more.
- Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use.
5. Clean Contacts Lenses
Be sure to clean and store your lenses only in fresh solution, replace your contacts as directed, wash your hands before handling your lenses and remove your contacts before swimming or entering a hot tub.
6. Regular Checkup
Regular eye check up is the best way to protect your eyes. Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.