The eyes have been poetically described as the ‘windows of the soul’. Scientifically, one cannot underestimate the importance of the eyes as they play an important role in giving us sight.
Therefore, we can agree that these precious parts of the body should be kept healthy and taken good care of.
Although eye care may seem like a no-brainer, there are in fact, many habits which are causing our eyes damage. Fortunately, by adjusting certain habits, we can ensure that our eyes are receiving the utmost attention and care.
Some of these eye-friendly habits include:
Staring Away From Your Computer Screen
The irony right? Shouldn’t we be staring at our computer screens instead? Yes, we totally should. Because otherwise, how would our jobs be done? However, it is important to cultivate the habit of staring away from our computer screens at intervals (experts advice every 20 minutes) while we work.
Staring at a computer screen for too long is prone to cause eye strain, dry eyes, and blurry visions, among other inconveniences. This is why taking precaution and short breaks at intervals is a wise decision.
Should you want to take your eye care a notch further, book an appointment with a specialist to get prescribed computer glasses. These glasses are usually designed to let you focus on the computer screen without interrupting your visual need.
In addition, you may also purchase anti-glare screens to optimize your usage.
Eating Foods Rich In Vitamin A
A vitamin-A rich diet cannot be skipped when maintaining eye-friendly habits. Eggs, meat, salmon, tuna, green leafy vegetables, as well as citrus fruits, are some foods to include in your diet.
In addition to including foods rich in vitamin A, also consume foods rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Wearing Sunglasses Under The Sun
Make it a habit to always use sunglasses when you’re outdoors especially after 10 am (in the morning).
The sun contains (UltraViolet) UV rays which are harmful in the long run to the eyes. By using sunglasses which block off these rays, you’re saving your eyes from possible harm of eye-related diseases such as; cataracts.
Remember to go for sunglasses which block off at least 99% of UVA and UBA rays.
Using Safety Eyewear
If your job requires you to use instruments or tools which are harmful, make sure to use the eye-protective gear.
Use the proper eye protective gear for sports or leisure activities such as swimming.
Take Breaks From Your Phone Screen
Like your computer screen, it is also important to take breaks from your phone screen. We use our devices; phones, tablets, etc for hours at a stretch each day. These habits expose our eyes to high amounts of blue light.
In the long run, these could cause long-term eye problems. Take short breaks from your phone screen, blink often, and if you can, wear computer glasses when using your phone (especially for long hours).
Get Some More Sleep
You’d be surprised that your lack of sleep may be causing you eye problems. Sleep better and notice how well your eyesight will improve.Here’s How To Improve Your Sleep Despite COVID-19 Lockdown