Your eyes are irreplaceable. They are your windows to the world. But they are fragile and you need to take meticulous care of them. There are many reasons your eyesight could deteriorate- age, pollution, stress, unhealthy diet etc. While you can’t really stop ageing of your eyes, you can slow it down. But many of the other issues could be avoided if you adopt a few measures.
Read on to know more –
1. Regular Check-up for your Eyes –
You need to visit an ophthalmologist/optometrist at least once a year. They will administer a number of tests to determine how strong your vision is or how healthy your eyes are. Based on the tests, you will be given a new pair of lens for your glasses or medicines if needed.
2. A Healthy Diet to the Rescue –
This is an age-old and sure shot means of keeping your eyes healthy. There are certain foods that boost your eyesight and reverse the effects of ageing. Make sure your diet includes –
- Oily fishes that contain omega 3 fatty acid such as tuna, salmon etc
- All kinds of seeds and nuts
- Orange coloured foods like carrots, squash, cantaloupe, red peppers and yellow bell pepper
- Eggs, soybeans, milk products and similar vegetarian protein sources
- All the leafy green vegetables that you can get your hands on
3. Give up Smoking –
Smoking is not only destructive to your lungs but it can also give you cataracts. It may damage your optic nerve and cause macular degeneration. If you are a chain smoker and quitting seems impossible to you, talk to a therapist.
4. Wear Sunglasses –
Shades are imperative when you go out into the sun. The UV rays of the sun can harm your eyes. They can bring about macular degeneration, cataracts and can even cause temporary blindness. Shades can protect you from the worst of the UV rays.
If your work requires you to stare at a computer screen for 8 hours at a stretch, you will need to adopt a few extra precautions.
5. Your Eyes need a Break –
Once every 30 minutes, look away from the screen and keep your eyes closed for 15 seconds. Then open them and blink rapidly, this will coat your eyes with a layer of moisture.
6. Eye exercise –
At regular interval, put your eyes through a simple exercise. Stare a distant object for 15 seconds, switch your gaze over to a nearer object, and keep staring at it for another 15 seconds. Repeat this cycle 4-5 times.
7. Protective gear –
Computer screens emit a harmful ray called blue light. To mitigate the effect of blue light, you can attach an anti-glare cover to the screen of your computer or wear a pair of anti-glare glasses.
8. Adjust the Lighting –
Make sure that the lights in your office room are not too harsh. Turn a few off, if possible. Don’t sit with your back to an open window because your computer screen will reflect the light coming in through the window. You can also adjust the brightness of your computer so that it complements the lighting of the room.
Don’t take your eyes for granted. They are priceless. With a few simple tips, you can keep them healthy.