The good eyesight can become a really rare thing in the 21st century. We use smartphones daily, work with computers and laptops and watch TV. Such activities can considerably affect our eyesight, yet, so many people neglect taking care of their eyes. If you want to maintain good vision and help your eyes feel better after a long workday, you need to take up new healthy habits. Continue reading to find out what you should do to keep your eyes bright and healthy.
Don’t Forget to Blink
Computer screens are not only to blame for eye strain or dry eyes. In fact, it’s not even a screen and its blue light that makes your eyes feel tired. The thing is when we are looking at the screen for a long time, we forget to blink. Under normal conditions, the average person blinks 15-20 times a minute. But when we work with laptops or documents, we blink less due to a deep focus on what we are doing. So, remind yourself to blink more and limit your screen time to avoid the feeling of dry eyes at the end of the day.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
Getting lost in an exciting book is the favorite sort of pastime for many people. But, if you read for too long without interruptions, your eyes may be getting accustomed to looking at close distances. Such a bad habit may affect your vision and even cause nearsightedness. You can follow the 20-20-20 rule to rest your eyes after the long period of concentration. So, every 20 minutes of reading, try to look at something located 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This simple practice will help your eyes to release tension and rest.
Remember the Water
‘Stay hydrated!’ is what we hear from everyone now. Although we all know how important it is to drink more water, we often neglect this recommendation and don’t even relate it to dry eyes symptoms. Your body needs water to ensure the smooth operation of all processes. As your eyes also rely on fluid to produce tears and moisturize the eyeball, make sure to drink enough water. Coffee or tea don’t possess hydrating qualities the water does, so you can’t compensate for the water in your body by consuming only these beverages.
Keep Your Towels Yours
While traveling or spending time outdoors, you may face the necessity to use someone else’s towel or share yours. Sharing your towel may seem generous, but it is also unhealthy. Your friend may have pink eye or other eye infections and don’t even notice it. And using the same towel after another person using it, you may get your eyes inflamed. You also may have an infection on your eyes without knowing about it. So, don’t put yourself and your loved ones at risk and use separate towels.
See Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Whether you have a good vision or not, regular visits to the eye doctor may help you prevent some severe eye problems. It is recommended to take eye examination once every two years. Of course, if you have low vision, it’s better to see the specialist once a year or even more often. Ageing processes often causes blurred vision. Older adults are often at risk of glaucoma, presbyopia and other eye diseases, which is not so easy to spot. Taking vision tests from time to time, you’ll be able to identify possible issues earlier and treat your eyes.
Try Not to Rub Your Eyes
We can’t see it without a microscope, but our hands are always full of a host of germs. Touching our face with our hands, we may accidentally transfer such microorganisms on the eyes. The situation may worsen when you have a habit of rubbing your eyes. To avoid contagious infections, better try not to touch your eyes. If you have an itchy feeling in your eye, try to wash your hands before and rub it only when your hands are already clean and dry.
Reach for Food Rich in Omega-3 and Lutein
If you want to have healthy eyes, try to eat more food that contains omega-3 acids, beta carotene, and lutein. The latter is only absorbed when consumed with fatty acids such as fish and nuts contain. When in the supermarket, grab some tuna and salmon. If you like to have a snack during breaks, take some walnuts, cashews and Brazil nuts, which expect omega-3 contain a high level of vitamin E. Chia and flax seeds also proved helpful for eye health.
Sleep at Least 7 Hours a Day
While trying to be super productive and active all day, a lot of people sacrifice an adequate amount of sleep. We sleep 5-6 hours a day, instead of a healthy minimum of 7-8 hours. Sleep deficiency affects your whole organism, making it sluggish and tired. Your eyes are not an exception: if you sleep less, they won’t be able to rest and restore after a long day. Try to sleep at least 7 hours, to let your eyes time to rejuvenate. And remember that fatigue can accumulate: if you sleep 4 hours today, you will need to rest for 8 and another 4 hours the next day to fully restart your body.
We can’t live without the sun and its warmth. But not many people acknowledge the negative effects of overexposure to ultraviolet rays. Sunbathing is known to be harmful to our skin, causing early aging and posing risks of skin cancer. Taking good care of our skin, usually, we forget about the eyes. Wearing sunglasses will help your eyes to release tension caused by bright sun’s rays. Choose glasses with UV protection. And if you’re planning to go skiing, don’t forget to take pink lenses glasses. They will increase contrast and prevent snow blindness.
Avoid Dry Air
Because of the centralized heating, the air in our homes is often dry during the wintertime. People who often travel also complain about not enough humidity on an airplane. Dry air may affect your eyes, making it feeling sore and tired. To make the air in your house less harsh for your eyes, consider purchasing a humidifier. If you often find yourself in places with constant air-conditioning like planes, artificial tears may add some moisture to your eyes