40 percent of Americans worry about losing their eyesight over their ability to walk or hear. Despite eyesight being among our most treasured of senses, we don't often take the steps needed to maintain our eye health. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 important steps you can take to ensure that your eyesight is healthy and you continue to see your best.
Disclose your Health History to your Eye Doctor.
Hypertension, blood pressure and diabetes can all be detected by looking in the back of the eye, so alerting your eye doctor to relevant health risks can give them an advantage when it comes to detecting problem. Also, mentioning any hobbies or leisure activities you may have is very important; as this may help your doctor further identify health risks or important steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy.
Stock Your Home Medical Kit with Saline Solution.
Keeping your solution sterile, especially if you’re using it for contact lens storage, is essential for reducing the risk of serious eye infection that can result from harmful bacteria. If you accidentally splash soap or cleansers in your eye, the first thing you should do is rinse thoroughly with saline for 10 to 15 minutes. If you still experience irritation after that, visit your eye doctor.
Don't over strain your eyes by focusing on your computer screen.
It helps break the eyes’ constant strain of focusing from doing close work, like reading or looking at a computer monitor. When we concentrate, by reading or focusing on the computer, we blink about half as many times as we do normally. Blinking is how we bring fresh tears to the corneal surface which helps your eyes stay moist. So the more we concentrate, the drier our eyes tend to become.
Watch Your Diet. Eat Leafy Greens, Dark Berries and Cold-Water Fish.
Eating carrots to improve our vision is an old wives’ tale. As part of your healthy diet eat foods rich in Vitamins A and C. Many foods contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the health of the part of the eye responsible for central vision. Consumption of alcohol or saturated fats may create free-radical reactions that can harm the central part of the retina. High-fat diets can also cause deposits that constrict blood flow in the arteries. Foods rich in omega-3s like walnuts and fresh cold-water fish have been found to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the eye.
Protect your eyes.It's important to protect your eyes from the environment. Most homes and offices have very dry air which can cause eye dryness and irritation. Using a humidifier to control air quality and lubricating eye drops are great options to help protect your ocular surface from irritation and dryness. Wear Sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet light and choose sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection. Wearing a hat with a brim will greatly reduce the amount of UV radiation slipping around the side of your sunglasses
For more great health tips, keep up with our blog at Beautyjubilee.com!