When we think about staying fit and healthy, we often neglect to think about our eye health. But it’s just as important that we consider the ways we can preserve the health of our eyes as much as any other part of the body. Here are some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy and happy.
Eat for Better Vision
Vitamins and minerals are always good additions to your diet, but there are things you can add to your meals to help keep your eyes healthy. Nuts, legumes and seeds are all great sources of vitamin E and omega oils which are great for protecting the eyes from free radical damage.
Omega oils have been shown to help prevent AMD, a condition which leads to a loss of vision over time, so it’s a good thing to eat more of – in addition to nuts and seeds, you can boost your intake of omega oils with oily fish like salmon. Tomatoes are also great for protecting the eyes as they are a rich source of lutein and beta-carotene – antioxidants that prevent age-related degeneration.
Maintain Good Hygiene
Hygiene is important for keeping eye infections at bay, especially if you’re someone who wears contact lenses from Pure Optical or other trusted suppliers. Always make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes, or before putting lenses in or taking them out, and stick to a thorough cleaning schedule for your lenses. If you’re someone who wears make-up, it’s also a good idea to change your eye make-up regularly and to keep brushes or applicators clean at all times.
Adapt Your Office Environment
Whether you’re working from an office or your home, there are things you can do to make it easier on your eyes and reduce eye strain during the working day. Make sure your laptop or computer screen are slightly below eye level – you can put it on top of books or boxes to get it to the right level. You should also avoid putting the screen in front of a window as you should prevent glare where possible. Make sure you limit your screen time and take regular breaks, so that your eyes have time to adjust to different distances and chances to rest.
Even if it’s cloudy outside, UV rays can damage your eyes, so sunglasses are your best friend when it comes to keeping your eyes healthy. Ensure your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection so that you know that you’re protected against both UVA and UVB rays and consider getting sunglasses that are polarised to prevent glare.
Get Regular Check-Ups
Regular sight checks are important to identify any changes to your prescription if you wear glasses or contact lenses, plus it will help you spot any problems before they get worse. It’s a good idea to schedule an eye test every two years but if you think there’s been a change to your sight or you’ve noticed a problem, always book in with an optician sooner.