Having healthy eyes and maintaining good vision is important for everyone. According to International research studies, there is a large ratio of people losing their vision needlessly each year and many are at the risk of various eye diseases which can lead to low eyesight and even blindness. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) and dry eye problems are avoidable to some extent, by following some healthy eye care practices.
Keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining good eyesight is significant in your overall healthcare. Eyes and vision can be directly affected by your routine activities and environmental factors as well. By properly protecting your eyes, you can keep your vision for a lifetime. Here are some simple tips to help you improve your eyesight and overall eye health.
Maintaining a general healthy body contributes to healthy eyes and eyesight. Lack of fundamental nutrition factors may cause negative effects on your eye’s health and thereby cause vision problems. You can keep your eyes and eyesight healthy naturally by following a proper nutritious food diet. Having a diet contained with common vitamins and antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc will help you improve your eye’s health and avoid serious eye diseases.
2.Foods – Vegetables/fruits/fish to improve your eye health
Green and leafy veggies such as spinach, collards, kale, peas etc contain high amounts of antioxidant lutein which can help in improving eye vision and it also reduce the occurrence of cataracts. It is good to include carrots, liver and sweet potatoes in your daily routine. These food items are rich source of Vitamin A which is an essential element providing good eye health. Including Vitamin C enriched citrus fruits such as oranges and lemon in your diet helps to protect your eyes and maintain good eyesight. Fish such as salmon, halibut and tuna are rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and including fish or fish oil supplements in your diet will help you improve your eye’s health.
3.Use sunglasses when you go out
Though sunglasses are good fashion accessories, it plays an important role in protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. When you go outside it is good to use quality sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you are using contact lenses, there are quality lenses available offering UV protection features.
4.Wear protective goggles or face shields
In addition to common eye diseases, eye injuries can cause corneal abrasions, vision problems or blindness. Make sure you wear protective goggles while using cleaning chemicals, doing home improvement works and dealing with fireworks. Anyone dealing with construction works, machinery works, manufacturing works and carpentry works should wear safety goggles for eye protection. Be sure to use properly fitting goggles while swimming to completely protect your eyes from chlorine. It is also good to wear protective eye glasses or face masks while playing sports.
Maintaining proper hygiene is important in keeping your eyes healthy. Make sure cleaning of your hands before wearing contact lenses to reduce the risk of infection. In addition, proper cleaning of lenses according to the instructions is important to improve the health of eyes. Another important thing to maintain eye health is to clean up your eye makeup every night. It reduces the chances of bacterial infection. It is good to use a fresh towel every time you clean your face, otherwise there is a chance to get affected with the contagious eye diseases.
6.Reduce Eye Strain
If you spend a lot of time focusing on computer, you may get affected with computer vision syndrome. Difficulties such as blurry eyes, double vision, eye pain and headache can be easily avoided by reducing your eye strain. You can reduce eye strain by adjusting the brightness and contrast of computer screen. It is good to install an antiglare screen to reduce the glare from computer screen. Sitting too close to the computer monitor will increase strain to your eyes. You can apply the 20/20/20 technique to effectively reduce the eye strain. You just have to take a 20 second break from computer work in every 20 minutes and give rest to your eyes by focusing on something 20 feet away. It relieves muscles of eyes from continuous strain.
Smoking is not good for the health of your eyes as it is harmful to the rest of your body. Smoking increases the risk of vision related diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration problems and optic nerve damages. It is good to avoid smoking to keep the health of your eyes for lifetime.
Regular exercises and physical activities are good for your eye’s health and it will naturally enhance your eyesight. Regular exercises help to control the blood pressure, especially IOP (intraocular pressure) in glaucoma patients. It is also good to drink plenty of water regularly to maintain healthy eyes.
9.Maintain a well-balanced diet
By maintaining a well-balanced diet you can keep a healthy body weight because overweight individuals are more likely to get affected with diabetes issues which are the major cause of blindness in adult people.
It is important to visit your eye doctor and having periodic eye and vision examinations on a regular basis. It will help in early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and conditions and thereby maintain good eye health and vision. Since many eye diseases are hereditary, it is good to be aware of your family health history. It will help you to know if you are at risk of getting any eye disease and you can consult and start treatment earlier and thus prevent further damage.
As there is no quick and easy treatment for eyesight issues and we cannot fix our vision without professional assistance. But using some practices such as healthy nutrition and diet and proper care will help to improve your eye health and vision naturally.
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