The eyes, they say, are the windows to one’s soul. But they are also one’s window to the outside world. Imagine how it is not to be able to see the lushness of greens, the piercing blue of the skies, and rogue of the the setting sun. Most of us are born with healthy visions, but there are those unlucky few who are born without it and some lose it along the way. There are those who are fortunate enough who can afford the help of Science to restore their sights, but other remain in the dark for for quite a long time, and for some, even for the rest of their lives.
How often we should have our eyes checked depends on our age, family history and other risk factors. Have your eyes regularly examined are important for everyone, specially for African Americans over age 40, those with a family history of eye disease, people with diabetes , and everyone over 60. You might think otherwise just because you’re not seeing any signs yet.
For those of us born with the gift of sight, we ought it to ourselves (and to our health) to take care of it. Taking care of our eyes doesn’t just mean regular visits to your professional eye doctor.
Here’s are simple steps on how you can take care of your peepers:
Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history, specially the elder ones. It would be helpful to know because many diseases and conditions are hereditary. This will help you determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
Eat right to protect your sight. You have probably heard for a thousand times that carrots and pumpkins are good for your eyes, but the green leafy ones like spinach, kale, collard greens and moringa greens can keep our eyes healthy, too. Omega-3 from fish like salmon, tuna and halibut have also been proven to not only aid in the development of eyesight but can also slow the pace of macular degeneration that leads to blindness (or might even stop it).
Wear protective eyewear especially if your job requires it. Aside from looking posh and mysterious, those protective polarized and dark glasses aren’t just for vanity. They can protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.People who spend so much time outdoors use this type of glasses to enjoy a clearer view of the surroundings because it eliminates glare.These sunglasses can be used for driving (though you actually see less when looking at lcd panels of dashboards and other machineries) and, in fact, can reduce glare from a long, flat surface such as the hood of the car or the road’s surface but they can also be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those who are continually exposes to bright lights through windows. Workers who perform jobs that could expose the eyes to danger like carpenters, electricians and grinding machine operators, should use protective eyewear.
Eyewear stores and some sporting goods stores sell protective eyewear for different activities.
Keep a healthy weight. Going over your ideal weight limit will increase your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions that can lead to vision loss like diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
Quit smoking or don’t even attempt to. Smoking is bad for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related degenerative diseases, cataract and optic nerve damage, which can all lead to blindness.
Give your eyes some rest especially if you spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look aways about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This will help reduce eye strain.
If you use contact lenses, ensure that your hands are thoroughly clean when putting in or taking out your lenses. Disinfect lenses as instructed and replace them as prescribed. Don’t wear your lenses for longer than 19 hours. This can cause not only discomfort to the eyes, but can cause permanent sight damage.
Our eyes are important part of our health. They keep us safe and they allow us to enjoy the visual things of life.