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Nice blog! Even quitting smoking helps!


How To Take Care Of Your Eyes?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Eyes, although one of the essential organs in the body, is often neglected in the human body. Unfortunately, we have no beauty enhancement treatment or spas to rejuvenate or improve our eyesight. Therefore, it is purely up to us to maintain good eye health.

Ironical, isn’t it that eyes are very important, yet we abuse our privilege of vision?

Here are Seven Effective Ways of Taking Care of Your Eyes:

1) Take Frequent Breaks From the Screens

Thanks to the technological era that we live in, people spend endless hours in front of monitors, TVs and cell phones. The constant exposure to screens, be it the laptop, smartphones, tabs or television, etc., leads to unnecessary strain on our eyes. It is best to take frequent breaks when reading or working on a computer screen. One must look away and focus on objects in the distance for good eye health.

2) Use Eye drops

Staring at screens for too long results it strained dry eyes. The best way to overcome this problem is to use a hydrating eye drop to cool, hydrate and nourish the eyes. Just as one shoe doesn’t fit all, one eye drop isn’t useful for everyone, so consult your ophthalmologist before you squirt anything in your eyes in the hope that it’s doing you good. Also, always check the expiry date of products before using them.

3) Get Regular Eye Check-ups

It is advised that you get an eye check-up at least once in six months. Eye strain, dry eyes, and other similar disorders can lead to severe ailments if they aren’t cured on time.   Consult your doctor once in six months or if any of the following symptoms persist:

– irritation of the eye/eyes

– foreign body sensation in the eye

– stringy discharge

– eye fatigue

– heavy eyelids

– red eyes

– discomfort on wearing contact lenses

– shorter bearable spans of reading, working on computers, etc

Also Read: Misdiagnosed Eye Conditions: Is it Pink Eye or Something Else?

4) Proper Care of Contact Lenses

People who wear contact lenses have to take extra care of their eyes. Precaution needs to be taken while wearing and removing contact lenses, while applying or removing make-up, spraying deodorants, to name a few. Try not wearing the lenses for too long and avoid any contact with dust and foreign particles as it may lead to infection.

Cataract, glaucoma and refractive errors are very common eye health problems which are a cause of vision impairment and a frequent cause of visit to an ophthalmologist. No symptoms of eye disease should be neglected.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D.

5) Use of Anti-glare Glasses

The UV rays of the sun cause considerable damage to eyesight. Also, the bright harsh light entering the eye for prolonged lengths of time can harm the cornea. Sunglasses also protect the eyes from dry air and dust particles. Plus, it adds to your coolness quotient, so why not?

Also Read: Pain Behind Eye: Insights into Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

6) Consumption of a Balanced Diet

Our eyes need to be cared for both externally as well as internally. Intake of a diet containing all the essential nutrients in proper quantities is important for maintaining optimum optic health. While eye problems associated with old age such as cataracts and glaucoma cannot be eliminated completely, taking adequate quantities of nutrients such as zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E help reduce the chances of old age-related vision problems. Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale and sources of protein such as chicken and soybean are superfoods that maintain healthy eyesight. A balanced diet also ensures a healthy body weight which is essential for keeping obesity at bay. Obesity is a common cause of Type 2 diabetes which is often responsible for rendering patients blind.  

Digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome is very common nowadays due to increased screen time. 20-20-20 rule, every 20 minutes, an individual should take the eye off from the screen for about 20 seconds and look at a distant object (situated at 20 feet away) should always be followed with good ergonomics.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

7) Give Up Smoking

Smoking cigarettes is a leading cause of eyesight problems such as Macular Degeneration and Cataracts. The toxins inhaled while smoking are extremely detrimental to optic health. To let the optic nerves function efficiently, it is absolutely essential to give up smoking as it causes damage to it.

Must Read: 10 Best Foods For Eye Health  

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