Today we are going to talk about something very important. So pay attention. We go to the gym, keep away from chocolate cake and drink gallons of water all in the name of good health. But what can we do to protect those most valuable organs—our eyes? “Eyes are the jewels of the body.”
It is said that women are much more susceptible to vision loss, including blindness than are men. But it doesn’t mean men don’t need to worry about their eyes. It is dangerous as people lose vision they often isolate themselves and do not believe that they can still maintain an active, independent lifestyle. Don’t take your eye health for granted. Protect your eyesight with these tips for eye care.
Protect your eye from ultraviolet rays and wear sunglasses:
Wear sunglasses or tinted lenses while outdoors. Many vision problems, including macular degeneration and cataracts, progress faster from exposure to light. Make sure your sunglasses block 97 to 100 percent of UV rays. Avoid products with labels that do not state exactly how much UV the product blocks.
Quit the habit of smoking:
Smoking is injuries not only to health but to eyes too. If you smoke, here’s another good reason to quit tobacco. Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and relapsed, give it another shot. Studies show that the more times you try to quit smoking; the more likely you are to succeed.
Just take a break while doing computer work or watching TV. Any focused work means you don’t blink as frequently. And all the computer work and internet surfing can take a toll. It’s always good to take a break from activities which involve prolonged staring. And artificial tears can help reduce eye irritation, lubricating the eyes to help you work longer.
While playing or working:
Stay away from laser toys, they are very dangerous. Never remove Safety guards from power equipment. Wear protective eye wear to protect against flying particles. Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse also carry the risk for eye injury. Wearing eye protection such as helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses can shield your eyes from a flying puck or swinging lacrosse stick.
Learn to say no:
Why? Here is the answer. To avoid eye infection do not share eye makeup or eye drops with anyone. Many bacteria, including the cold sore virus (Herpes), can spread to your eyes and damage your vision.
For protecting your eyes starts with the food you eat. Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Include Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards, Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish, Eggs, nuts, beans and other non-meat protein sources, Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices in your diet.
Many eye diseases do not have early warning signs and can only be detected through routine examinations by your eye doctor. So go for regular checkups at least once in a year.
Live a healthy lifestyle:
Many health problems such as diabetes can cause vision problems as well. Researchers suggest healthy diets, plenty of exercise and avoidance of harmful substances like tobacco. Take your health seriously to minimize your risk of vision loss.