A Guide to Looking After Your Eyes – ‘You Only Get Two’By Guest Writer - August 30, 2012
One of the most important senses that we have is our vision. We take it for granted by working too long at the computer, going out without sunglasses and not getting regular eye exams. We only have two eyes and we certainly want them to be at the peak of their performance for as long as they can.
There are several precautions that you can take to keep your eyes safe:
- Regular Check-ups
- Sun Protection
- Safety Goggles
- Proper Cleansing
- Relieve Eye Strain
An Apple a Day
While eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is great you still need to get regular checkups. Your eye doctor will be able to detect eye issues early. This could prevent macular degeneration and glaucoma. Children should see a physician for regular checkups before the age of five to diagnose lazy eye or misaligned eyes.
Not only do sunglasses help prevent fine lines but they help save your eyes from sun damage. When UVA and UVB rays hit, the blue rays of the spectrum can cause eye damage. The best sunglasses have brown or amber tones to fight the blue. You want to be sure that the glasses protect from both UVA and UVB damage. Be sure that the glasses are polycarbonate as these are tougher and can take more of a beating while keeping your child's eyes safe.
When we were all in Science class we learned to protect our eyes with safety goggles. If you work with heavy machinery, in a dusty environment, with gasses and even around the house when simply putting up a shelf you should be wearing plastic safety goggles. Also, when you’re playing sports safety goggles or sport sunglasses should be worn. Imagine taking a soccer ball or hockey puck to the eye, serious damage can occur. Get yourself and your children tinted safety goggles for sports. Your eyes will come out the winner.
Rubbing It Makes It Worse
If you have a grain of sand in your eye and you rub it you can create scratching on the cornea. When an allergen gets into your eye you should rinse the eye, do not rub it. You should try to do your best to let the water run over the eye and wash out the particle.
Look Away From the Computer
When you stare at a screen all day your eyes can get dry and fatigued. Practice looking away from the computer at an object in the distance that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. The 20, 20, 20 trick will help relieve strain. If your eyes are dry you should blink slowly 20 times. You want to lubricate the eye with its natural oils to prevent dry eye.
Soak it Up
If you have chronic dry eye you should look for a proper moisturizer. Vents for air conditioning or heat can cause you to have dry office and can cause your child’s school to be dry. Having the right wetting drops will keep your eyes moist and healthy.
Along with these tips it is healthy for the eyes to have a proper diet. Foods rich in Omega 3 such as salmon are great for renewing the oils in the eye, as well as your hair and rest of the body. Your family deserves to see well for a long, long time.
If you are experiencing more difficult eye issues you should speak with a specialist as your issue may be treated by laser eye surgery. You only have two eyes, take care of them.
Sarah writes for PersonalEYES, a laser eye surgery clinic in Sydney. They provide a wide range of vision correction procedures including lasik, bladeless lasik, cataracts surgery and laser eye surgery.
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