Sight is the most used of the five senses, but we often take our eyes for granted, not giving them the care they deserve. Hindsight is 20/20, and anyone who’s experienced trouble with, or the loss of, vision will tell you how important it is to take care of your eyes. You might be surprised by how much you can easily do to prevent almost every eye problem. There are also quite a few options available for those who need to treat existing problems.
First of all comes prevention. Anyone who can avoid ever having issues with their vision will be far better off than the rest of us. The first thing you can do is get your eyes checked by an optometrist. While you may think your vision in fine, you can’t know for sure until an optometrist takes a look. It is often the case with many eye diseases such as glaucoma that symptoms will go unnoticed; an eye exam is the only way to detect diseases in their early stages. Additionally, people often don’t realize how much better they would be able to see with the help of glasses or contacts.
Of the actions that can be taken to keep your eyes healthy, maintaining a healthy diet is the most controllable. Weight, as well as the foods that you’re eating, can have a massive impact on your eye health. It is often said that carrots will improve your eyesight, but a diet rich in a variety of leafy greens, vegetable and fruits will do a much better job. As well as the numerous benefits to your body overall, eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight will decrease the likelihood of developing a disease that leads to vision loss. This also applies to smoking.
A more obvious way of protecting your eyes is to wear protective eyewear such as sunglasses. UV rays from the sun are harmful to your eyes, so put on some shades the next time you’re headed outside.
Modern life can also pose a risk to eye health. More people spend increasing amounts of time in front of a screen, be it phone, computer or TV. Studies suggest that watching TV and working at a computer decreases the amount of blinks per minute and puts a lot of strain on your eyes. You can help alleviate this stress by following the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds.
For those who already struggle with vision issues, there are ways to improve your situation. If you find that you get headaches or fuzzy vision from trouble focusing, glasses can take the pressure off your eyes and make you much more comfortable. For contact wearers, make sure you apply your contacts with clean hands to avoid infection. For those with more extreme vision issues, cataract eye surgery is a great option. It is a short procedure performed easily by surgeons and can restore you to 20/20 vision almost immediately. Experts can assure you of a smooth and painless process. Recovery time is quick, and many say the surgery is well worth it.
So now that you know how easy it is, you can start looking after your eyes better, today.