24th September 2015 | Author:
8 Tips to Care for Your Eyes
“Your world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want to” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Just the thought of waking up without sight sends a shiver through our spine and yet still, we don’t give them the same amount of care or attention that we should. Here are eight small steps you can take to maintain your eye health
- Go for a regular eye test
While this point seems pretty straight forward, research suggests that many people fail to go to get their eyes checked. In fact, a study showed that a shocking 36% of people admitted to leaving it over a month before seeking help! The same report shows that 61% of people put up with their poor eyesight regardless of it having a negative impact on their life.
Even if you think your vision is okay and you don’t need a test, your optometrist may be able to detect any early warning signs of potentially dangerous conditions. For those who suffer with regular headaches, you should ask your optometrist to check whether they are caused by a change in your eye prescription.
- Dry or itchy eyes
If you struggle with dry and irritated eyes on a daily basis, there could be a variety of conditions behind it. It is always recommended that you get an expert to diagnose your symptoms and recommend products which could successfully treat your condition.
Removing your makeup every night can be a pain, especially when you’re really tired! However, if you continue to sleep with your makeup on, you may develop blepharitis, a condition which leaves your eyes sore, itchy and sticky. Use a face wipe or an effective eye makeup remover every night – for those who wear contact lenses, take them off before removing makeup.
If you use mascara, you should buy a new one every three months as the warm and dark environment created inside a tube of mascara is a great place for bacteria to thrive. A test you can do to make sure your mascara is still safe to use is to sniff it, if it smells bad, throw it away!
Blinking is an action which cleans the surface of your eyes, the action flushes away any small dust particles and lubricates the exposed surface of your eye. Did you know that an average human will blink about 24 times a minute? But when staring at a computer screen, blinks significantly drop to only nine times a minute! We bet that you don’t even notice you’re doing it, but now that you know, make a conscious effort to blink as often as you can.
- Sun shade
UV rays are thought to be one of the reasons behind cataracts. To protect your eyes from these dangerous rays, you can buy UV protect sunglasses. Other factors which could increase your chance of developing cataracts are: smoking, air pollution and heavy consumption of alcohol.
To give your eyes a break, use the 20:20:20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away from your computer screen for at least 20 seconds. This is an effective technique to use when trying to reduce computer eye strain. Complete this simple exercise daily for best results!
- Adjust your screen
If your job requires you to use a computer, you no doubt already experience dry and tired eyes occasionally. If your screen is any lower than eye level, it will be very uncomfortable for you, to make your work life more comfortable, move your monitor. Adjust it so the top of your screen is level with your eye level and rest it at a slight angle so the top is tilted away from you. Try this and see if it makes a difference!
- Contact lenses
Whilst the freedom of wearing contact lenses is great, don’t take the risk of sleeping, swimming or showering with your lenses in. When you shower with your lenses in, you’re increasing the chance of getting an infection. Sleeping with your lenses in limits the amount of oxygen going to your cornea as they will tighten over the cornea causing microscopic rips to appear. Keeping your eyes healthy is important, so definitely avoid misusing your contact lenses.
Don’t forget to refresh your solution – DO NOT recycle your contact lens solution. Imagine it this way; you’re leaving your lenses to stew in a bacteria laden pool of liquid!
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