7 ways to take better care of your eyes
Spring is here Choma, which means more time in the sun, more time taking sunshine-happy selfies and probably more time chilling with your phone on hot evenings. So Spring is probably the best time to talk about taking better care of your eyes. Your vision is such an important part of your life and plays a huge role in maintaining your quality of life. So here’s a bit of insight on how to take care of your eyesight.
They’re not just fashionable Choma, they’re also very necessary. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. Not protecting your eyes can lead to cataracts (when a cloud forms over your lenses and makes your vision a bit foggy or blurry). Other protective glasses you should wear is goggles when you swim (because some water has harmful chemicals).
You might have already heard that carrots are good for your eyes but eating healthy overall is good for your eyes. Certain foods contain nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, vitamin C and Vitamin E which are all good for your eyes and help keep vision problems like cataracts away. Some good foods to eat are carrots, seafood; green and leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach; eggs; beans; peas and oranges. Also try drinking green tea.
Yes Choma, even exercising can help keep your eyes healthy. Something as simple as taking a walk every day can contribute to helping your vision. Some eye conditions are an effect of other health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. A healthy lifestyle, including exercise, is important to avoid those conditions and essentially avoid having eye problems in the long run.
Practise Good Eye-giene
You might not know it Choma but everyday unhealthy habits can actually put your eyes at risk so it’s important to practise good hygiene. For example, germs can live in towels and wash cloths so it’s important not to share those with anyone. Germs can also live in make-up, such as in the tube of your eyeliner and mascara, so it’s important not to share eye make-up either. Basically, don’t share anything you use on your face with anyone else. Also remember to replace old make-up and lotions because the ingredients inside them that make them safe products to use wear off over time.
Smoke harms your body in general and causes all kinds of diseases and unhealthy conditions, including in your eyes. Smoking can lead to conditions such as cataracts, optic nerve damage and other eye conditions. Smoking can also harm you directly since constantly being exposed to smoke, whether fire or cigarettes, can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated.
Take a Break from Your Screen
Spending too much time looking at your phone, TV, or computer screen can cause eye strain and dry eyes. Take a break from your computer, tablet or phone regularly. Also don’t hold your device too close to your face. Keep it at arms-length if possible.
Get Your Eyes Checked
This is especially important if you’re starting to feel like you might have issues with your eyes (eye strain, blurry vision, losing vision). Yearly check ups are also important to make sure unnoticed conditions are not forming. You don’t have to only get glasses when your vision is blurry. You might need computer glasses if you have eyestrain. Getting a check-up will help make sure your eyes are in good shape. Check at your local clinic or with your healthcare practitioner for free or affordable eye check-ups.
Choma, follow these links to check out great specials for eye tests this month:
Since your vision plays such a huge role in your life Choma, it’s important to make sure that you take care of your vision through good health and protection. Prioritise your eyes!
Also remember that if you need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657)
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