They say eyes are windows to your soul. Maintaining proper eyesight is important to maintain a quality life. But we all do not appreciate good eyesight until we don’t have it. Some eye problems could be genetic but others occur as a result of factors like age, lifestyle, stress etc.
There are small significant things you could incorporate in your daily routine that could change the way you see the world, literally. Here are some of the things to remember when devising your own eye care routine:
- We live in a digital age. From our smartphones to laptops, our work seems to revolve around these devices. As a result, our eyes become dry because of constant exposure to blue light from electronic devices. Dry eye syndrome is one of the leading eye-related diseases these days caused by lack of sufficient moisture or lubrication on the surface of the eye. To avoid this, relax your eyes every 20 minutes if your work demands the use of computers. Use a prescription lubricant available in medical shops and get proper sleep.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands as they may contain dirt, oil and other microbes that could cause infection. Rubbing aggravates itching and irritation instead of soothing our eyes. When your eyes feel irritated, wash your face and eyes with water for temporary relief. For permanent relief, consult a doctor. They may prescribe lubricant drops which relieve you of this condition for the long term.
- Regular physical examinations to check your blood pressure and diabetes help avoid complications like diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration etc. These problems are usually age-related and if found earlier, they can be treated so you don’t lose your vision.
- Research says that even mild exercises such as walking can help to rejuvenate blood vessels all over your body and thus result in better vision.
- Nutritious food is important to maintain our overall body health and this is true for our eyes as well. Our eyes require nutrients like Vitamins A, C, D & E, Zinc, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids etc., for proper functioning. They can be found in green leafy vegetables, carrots, eggs, salmon, citrus fruits, oysters etc.
- Lowering the odds of obesity and type 2 diabetes helps in avoiding eye impairments like glaucoma and cataract.
- Exposure to sunlight and UV rays increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration which could lead to blindness. Hence, it is necessary to wear protective eyewear like goggles or UV-protected eyeglasses when exposed to sunlight.
- Lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, damage to optic nerve etc.
- Be aware of your family’s history of high risk for eye diseases.
- If you are wearing glasses or contact lenses for vision correction, go for regular check-ups and replace them as often as necessary. If you are wearing contact lenses, make sure you get them from a well-known manufacturer like Solotica. Contact your lens care practitioner if you experience any discomfort or allergic reactions to your lens.
- Coloured contacts should also be bought from a lens care practitioner with a proper prescription. Solotica hidrocor series is well known all over the world for comfortable and affordable quality coloured contact lenses.