Our eyesight is one of the most precious things we possess, yet a lot of people act carelessly and neglect their eyesight even though they shouldn’t. You, on the other hand, being the responsible adult, should take care of your eyesight. Here are some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy and avoid something that could easily be prevented:
1. Limit your exposure to the screens
In this day and age, we definitely spend a lot of time staring into the screen. Computers, TVs, smartphones and tablets have become the norm. We use them for work, leisure, to get informed and to pass the time. All of that can be straining and difficult for our eyes, therefore it’s important to limit the usage of gadgets and do other things whenever we can. Instead of watching TV, you could read a real, physical book, or take a walk. Substitute any screen-related activity with something that requires moving your body or going outside. Your eyes (and the rest of your body) will be grateful. It might seem difficult, but soon you’ll see that scrolling aimlessly through your phone isn’t the only thing you can do when you feel bored. Also, adjust screen brightness every time you use any device with a screen.
2. Get a pair of glasses
You might don’t need them now, which doesn’t really mean that your eyesight is perfect. Still, if you happen to have unusual headaches or blurred vision, maybe getting a pair of glasses isn’t a bad idea. Go to the optometrist and if needed, go and get yourself nice glasses that suit the shape of your face. Many people mind find it annoying, but the truth is, glasses are often necessary as we age, so if you’re older, then it makes sense to wear glasses, at least when you’re using a computer or spending time on your phone. Our distance vision tends to get progressively worse as we get older, so instead of straining your eyes trying to read something, get glasses instead and keep your eyesight in good condition instead.
3. Go and get an eye exam
Regular eye exams are usually reserved for those who wear glasses all the time, but even if you’re not one of them, there’s no reason not to do it. Even if your eyes are healthy, being precautious is always advisable. Incorporate a regular eye test into your healthcare routine, in order to be sure that everything’s fine. Eye exams are quick and painless, so if you haven’t done it before, there’s no reason to be worried. Find a good doctor in your area and get yourself checked. Keeping your eyes in a good state is something we should all aspire to do, whether we already wear glasses or not. Preventing eye diseases like glaucoma and cataract is only possible through regular yearly eye-checkups.
4. Eat healthily
A proper diet and healthy eyesight are actually connected, so eating food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and vitamins A and E. That includes fruits and vegetables such as beans, spinach, kale, lemons, oranges and grapefruits. Also, fish and pork are the best meats to eat if you want to preserve your eyesight. Another benefit of a healthy diet is that it lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes which can, if untreated, lead to blindness. Next time you feel like munching, get something healthy instead of the sugary snacks!
In summary, keeping your eyes healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, you only need to practice some self-control and discipline when it comes to eating properly and spending time in front of screens. It’s also recommended replacing your eye lenses if you use them, wear quality sunglasses and use protective eyewear if you’re doing anything hazardous.
By Peter Minkoff