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Tips for Healthy Eyes and Great Eyesight

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 04 Dec 2012

It is rightly said ‘Eyes are the mirror of the soul’. They happen to be the most beautiful feature on our face. Also, the function they play is most essential. Our eyes go through a lot of stress everyday and our ignorance to this can create many problems. Aging has a major impact on our eyes like loss of vision, cataract, muscular degeneration and night vision problems.To keep your eyes safe from such conditions here are some tips –

 

Diet for healthy eyes – What you eat plays an important role in nurturing all your sense organs. As your eyes take up most of the strain in your daily tasks you need to make sure your diet has essential nutrients like Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, plus Zinc, Omega 3 Fats and Vitamin E to keep them healthy. These can be got from foods like beans, wheat, carrot, spinach, eggs, almonds, flaxseeds, corn and strawberry. Your eyes need nourishment constantly to keep up with the stress they endure each day.

Say good bye to Smoking – Here’s another harm that smoking can cause, bad eyesight. It has been found that smoking can aggravate the risk of cataract, optic nerve damage, and mascular degeneration. This added with old age can only get worse. In case you’ve given up smoking and relapsed, try doing it again, the more you try the more chances of succeeding.

Wear sunglasses – If you thought this was for style, you should know it is more useful than that. Exposure to UV rays can increase risk of-cataracts and mascular degeneration.The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.When selecting a pair of sunglasses choose one that blocks 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wearing Wraparound lenses can protect your eyes from the side as well and Polarized lenses reduce the glare when driving. Contact lens wearers have the option of wearing contact lenses that offer UV protection.

Shield your eyes at Home, at Work and play – In case you work with hazardous or airborne materials at work or home it is important you wear some protection for your eyes like safety glasses or protective goggles to keep you from eye injuries, vision loss and blindness. Also, if you like to indulge in certain sports that can cause eye injury like racquetball then covering your eyes with helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles is essential.

Look away from the computer – You may not know but staring constantly at the computer can strain your vision. Computer vision syndrome is a common condition that you can find amongst professionals today. Studies show that people who sit before the computer screen for around 3 hours a day have some or the other vision problem. Long hours at the computer can cause –

  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty focusing at a distance
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches

Give your eyes a break – After a rough and tiring day consider giving your eyes some rest. Heard of the 40 winks?This will do much good for your eyes. Also, ensure you have proper 8 hours of sleep. This will help to retain the moisture in your eyes. Splash your eyes with cold water to freshen them up.

Eye exercises – Give your eyes some workout too. One of the best eye exercises is to stare in space for a few seconds. It helps to relax the eyes. Also, you can concentrate your eyes at the tip of your thump for a few seconds to improve your eyesight.

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