10 Smart Ways To Help Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Your #eyes are working from the moment you open them until you close them, so here are our 10 simple #eyecare tips for taking better care of your eyes!
Limit Your Exposure To Digital Screens
Most people spend hours using digital devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops every day where these devices emit high-energy blue light waves that can damage your eyes over time.
Taking lutein and zeaxanthin supplements can help your eyes filter blue light, also, keeping your computer screen 20 to 24 inches away from your eyes and adjusting lighting to minimise glare will help. Because we blink less when looking at screens, it’s important to make a conscious effort to blink often. Lastly, rest your eyes by taking a break every 20 minutes and focusing on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Wash Your Hands Before Touching Your Eyes
This is important for everyone, but especially for contact lens wearers so before touching your eyes, you should wash your hands with mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel. This is because germs and bacteria inserted into your eyes by your fingers can cause eye infections like pink eye and can even introduce cold and flu viruses into your body.
Remove Your Contacts Before Showering or Swimming
While most contact lens wearers know that they shouldn’t sleep with contacts, and many don’t know that they shouldn’t get their lenses wet. That’s because your contacts act like a sponge that absorbs bacteria and parasites that may be in pools, lakes, or shower water which can cause eye irritation and even severe sight-threatening infections.
Wear Safety Glasses For Even The Simplest Tasks
While you may not consider yourself handy and not fond of how you look in safety glasses, don’t risk your sight by blowing off wearing eye protection for DIY home projects, no matter how small.
Many eye injuries from people doing something simple like hanging a picture and a piece of a nail or the frame breaks off and ends up in their eye. Every day, thousands have on-the-job eye injuries, 90 percent of which could have been prevented by simply wearing protective eyewear – common sense!
Pamper Your 'Peepers' With A Warm Compress Every Day
Inevitably, as we age, the oil glands in our eyelids get clogged and don’t secrete enough oil into our tear supply which leads to dry eye.
Placing warm compresses on our eyelids helps to liquify the oil so that it flows freely into your tear supply and helps to keep our eyes lubricated. Making a warm compress is simple: just wet a clean washcloth with warm water and press it against your eyelids for a minute – your eyes will thank you!
Among the many ways that smoking harms your health, it also damages the blood vessels that supply blood and nutrients to your optic nerve. Smoking also increases your chance of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Get An Eye Examination Every Two Years
The British Optical Association recommends that all adults between the ages of 18 and 60 visit their optician to get a comprehensive eye exam at least every other year – this is so important as many eye diseases have little or no warning signs.
But with regular eye exams, your optician can detect these conditions in their early stages when they’re easier to treat before there is any vision loss. Many eye conditions can be controlled or even reversed if they’re caught early.