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How To Take Good Care Of Your Eyes


Eyes are the only organ of our bodies that don't change or grow since we are born. The size and shape of eyes remain the same throughout our lives. To have a healthy set of eyes is a huge blessing many take for granted.

In that sense, we also fail to take optimum care of our eyes. Typically many people wait long enough for their weak vision to cause disruption in their work and life to visit an optometrists to get prescription glasses. Science and medicine have made many advances but no cutting edge cure will ever beat the good old precaution methods. Good health is everything, so here are ways to help you maintain your peepers in best health-

Your eyes can reflect your health

Get your Vitamin A. Vitamin A is the most important nutrient to maintain optimal eye health. If your diet is lacking in this vital vitamin, it will be detrimental for your vision in the long run. So make sure your diet is rich in fruits and vegetables that carry this in ample amounts. Also, nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E help ward off age-related vision problems.

Eat a lot of green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, oily fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, and citrus fruits like oranges and sweet lime.

Maintain healthy weight

Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. Also talk to your family members about their eye health history. It's important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease since many are hereditary.

Quit smoking

Smoking increases the risk and accelerates the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage.

Wear UV protective sunglasses

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can harm your eyesight, protection in youth can help prevent loss of eyesight in life later. Exposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, and other harmful conditions for the eyes. Get polarized lenses, that are certified to clock UV rays.

Do eye exercises

Just like your body needs exercise to be in perfect shape, so do your eyes. Focus your eyes on objects that are near to you, then objects that are far away. Repeat this process multiple times.
Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every two hours, get up and take a 15-minute break. If your eyes are dry, blink more.

Avoid wearing contact lenses for extended periods of time

Wearing contact lenses for over 18 hours straight will cause dry eyes and put a strain on them. This can cause permanent sight damage as well as extreme discomfort to your eyes. Never sleep wearing your contact lenses. Your eyes need regular supplies of oxygen, and lenses block the flow of oxygen to the eyes, especially during sleep.

Lubricate your eyes

As we age, we experience more dry eye symptoms. The reason for that is the tear film in the eye doesn't have the right consistency of water, mucus, and oil. The oil part of your tears comes from little glands at the margin of your eyelids. As you blink, oil is supposed to coat the eyes. But if this coating is insufficient, the tear film evaporates, and eyes feel dry.

Also, heat and air conditioning can cause dry eyes, especially if you sit near a vent or fan unit. Make sure that the vent in your car isn't blowing toward your face.

Omega 3 is a nutrient that helps with dry eyes situation. Taking fish oil capsules or eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fats will greatly improve dry eyes.

Visit your doctor regularly

Often, people with vision problems wait far longer than necessary before getting an eye examination. If you have any change in vision, have it checked out by an eye care professional. Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and make sure that you are seeing your best.

Talk about your personal and family medical history with your doctor, and discuss any problems you may be facing with your vision. You may be required to take some tests.

A comprehensive eye test includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
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