Eat better, take vitamins, exercise, quit … It is true that preventive measures are very useful to preserve health. To keep your eyes, what are the good things to do?
Your Eyes: A Precious Good
Your eyes are very useful to accomplish all the tasks of the day. They allow you to marvel at an autumn landscape, to surprise the smile of your best friend and to feel the emotion of the other before he said a word. It goes without saying that the loss of your sight would result in a significant change in your quality of life. To avoid or slow down the development of eye diseases as much as possible, here are some tips and tricks you can do.
See Your Eye Care Specialist
It is recommended that you visit your optometrist regularly to detect an eye disorder or eye disease as soon as possible. This helps prevent sequelae, especially in young children and people over 40 years old.
Vision disorders include presbyopia, myopia, astigmatism and strabismus. Some of these disorders can be corrected in young children if they are detected quickly.
The diseases of the eye are numerous. The majority can be treated before affecting your sight, hence the importance of diagnosing them quickly.
You must promptly consult an optometrist or a physician if:
- you feel pain in your eye
- you have a sensitivity to light;
- you have disturbances of vision;
- you experience any other unusual symptom.
Pay Attention To The Sun
The sun’s rays can cause certain eye diseases or contribute to their development, such as cataracts. In addition, just like your skin, your eyes may experience a “sunburn” causing irritation, redness, watery eyes, discomfort or pain, and a gritty sensation in the eye.
Measures can be adopted daily to protect your eyes from sun damage in the short and long term. Here are some examples:
- Wear good quality sunglasses as often as needed. Ask your optician or optometrist for an informed choice.
- Wear a cap or hat with a wide brim.
- Look for shade when possible.
Wear Safety Glasses
Sometimes just bad luck to be an accident victim causing injury to the eyes. Sometimes, a few seconds are enough to lose your sight: a tree branch, a splash of toxic product, a piece of fiber insulation, etc., and that is done! Whether you are playing sports, carpentry or your professional activities, safety glasses will save you a lot of trouble. Once again, it is important to be well informed to choose the type of glasses that suits the situation.
Have A Good Diet
Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables of various colors. They will bring you the vitamins (A, C, E and beta-carotene) necessary for the good health of your eyes. Zinc, lutein, and omega-3s are examples of equally beneficial nutrients. Eating more nuts, dairy products and eggs can contribute to your eye health. Remember too that excess glucose (like that caused by poorly controlled diabetes) and cholesterol in the blood are harmful to the health of your eyes.
If you are healthy, your eyes will be too. By exercising, you reduce your risk of suffering from certain diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, and you maintain a healthy weight. This is a measure that, in turn, promotes the health of your eyes.
As you know, smoking causes many injuries all over the body and the eyes are no exception. It is estimated that a smoker is seven times more likely to have an eye disease than a non-smoker. In addition, smoking has the effect of drying your eyes. By giving up smoking, you are contributing significantly to their health. If you want to stop for good, your pharmacist can help you.
Rest Your Eyes
To prevent your eyes from working too hard, make sure your work area is well lit. Make poses by looking away every 30 minutes when you read, write or work in front of a screen; your eyes will be less tired. Never attach a very bright light source or the sun to avoid damaging your retina.
Keep Your Eyes Well Hydrated
To work well, your eyes must maintain their hydration. Several factors can help make them drier: smoke, pollution, overheating, taking certain medications, diseases, etc. Make it a habit to blink more often, and if you have dry eye, use lubricating drops. Your pharmacist can advise you on the choice of a product and its optimal use. Your eyes work for you all day. They deserve to be pampered. Preserve them as a precious work of art; they are worth as much if not more!