Are you taking good care of your eyes? You might think you are, but you could be forgetting some important eye care habits.
Like most people, you get busy or maybe even take your vision for granted – that is, of course, until vision problems arise.
To prevent problems in the first place, or to prevent them from getting worse, it’s important to take proper care of your eyes. And this goes beyond replacing your eye glasses or contact lenses when you need a new prescription.
10 Ways to Support Optimal Eye Health
There are at least 10 things that people forget to do regularly to keep their eyes healthy and strong. Thankfully, they’re not complicated in the least!
1. Don’t Go to Bed with Your Makeup On
Going to bed with makeup on is not only bad for your skin, it’s bad for your eyes. Makeup particles can get into your eyes, especially if you rub them. This is irritating and leads to bacterial infections.
2. Avoid Sitting to Close to the Computer or TV Screen
Sitting too close to a screen will cause eye tension and strain. The result is blurry vision and headaches.
3. Turn off Your TV and Mobile Devices at Least an Hour Before Bed
When you stare at a TV, computer, or mobile device screen, it’s really easy to forget to blink. Lack of blinking will lead to dry, irritated, achy eyes, and make it hard to fall asleep.
4. Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection
Everyone knows how unhealthy it is to look directly into the sun. But even on an overcast day the sun’s rays can damage your eyes. It is, therefore, vital to wear sunglasses when you’re outside. Make sure your sunglasses say “UV protection” on the label.
5. Remove Your Contact Lenses When You Sleep
It’s important to take your contacts out every night. In fact, it would be best if you removed them every time you close your eyes for an extended period – like a nap.
The eyes don’t get a lot of oxygen when you wear contacts. It’s vital that they are allowed to breathe and get the oxygen and fluids (tears) they need.
When you wear contacts all night long, your eyes will be tired and irritated. You may make it worse by rubbing your eyes while you sleep. Not only bacteria be introduced this way, the surface of the eye could be scratched.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. It only takes a few minutes to remove lenses each night.
6. Try to Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Rubbing your eyes might feel good in the moment but it's completely damaging. Not only can it stretch the skin around your eyes, causing bags, it can break the capillaries around the eyes as well. Additionally, if there are any foreign objects in your eyes when you rub them, you can very easily end up scratching your eye.
If the foreign object is sharp enough, you could do long-lasting damage to your eye and your vision. For example, some people are so used to their contact lenses that they forget about them. When something flies into their eye and they scratch, the contact ends up scratching the eye. The result is, at least, temporary blurriness. The worst-case scenario is long-lasting vision problems.
7. Reduce Your Consumption of Potato Chips
Chips contain a ton of oil and salt. The overabundance of salt will not only raise your blood pressure, it will dry out your eyes. Dry, scratchy, itchy eyes are no one’s idea of fun. Plus, scratching, as we’ve explained, is incredibly unhealthy for the eyes.
8. Eat a Nutrient-Dense Diet
Like most people, you choose healthier foods so you don’t gain weight, or so that you can lose it if you’ve packed on a few pounds. You also want to eat healthfully to prevent high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, and a number of other diseases.
The fact is, though, that eating a healthy diet also affects your eye health. The more nutrients you pack into your diet, the healthier your eyes will be. With healthy eyes, you’re less likely to end up with eye diseases and infections.
When choosing which foods to eat, make sure your shopping list and recipes contain plenty of foods that contain the following eye-healthy nutrients:
· Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish and seeds. These foods may prevent retinopathies.
· Phytochemicals: Found in green vegetables. These foods act as antioxidants and protect your eyes from harmful light waves.
· Zinc: Found in meat, dairy, beans, and nuts. A zinc deficiency is thought to contribute to cataracts and poor vision.
· Vitamins C and E: Found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. These vitamins protect against free radicals that can cause cataracts and blind spots.
9. Avoid Pre-Packaged Cookies and Cakes
These types of foods contain artery clogging fats and chemicals. This will raise blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Not only is this bad for heart health, it’s bad for eye health, too.
10. Stay Away from Soda
Most soda contains high fructose corn syrup, which can raise your blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Your eyes have blood vessels in them. An increase in blood pressure could be detrimental to your sight.
Useful food for the eyes:
Replacing Glasses and Lenses: An Important Key to Eye Health
Getting your eyes checked every year is important for optimal eye health. If you keep wearing eye glasses and lenses that aren’t the correct prescription can lead to eye strain and tension headaches.
Don’t compromise your eye health. Focus on it just as you do your general health. Eat eye healthy foods, wear sunglasses, and get your eyes checked by your doctor regularly.
Giving your eyes the attention they need results in healthy eyes, optimal vision, and less expense down the road. Be determined to do all you can to keep your eyes healthy and strong.