Many of us really take our eyes for granted. The eyes are small organs that we use everyday but think about hardly ever. How does that happen! Prevention is key so taking some easy steps to treat your eyes as well as they treat you is a simple solution. Here are 5 steps to prevent and protecting your eyes from any discomfort, diseases or conditions.
1. Sun Rays
Sunglasses aren’t just fashionable. There protect your eyes as well. The same rays that hurt your skin and you apply sunblock for are the rays that can hurt your eyes as well. Don’t let clouds fool you; even on overcast days that sun is still damaging!
2. Quit Smoking
Definitely easier said than done, but smoking harms every organ, that includes your eyes! Cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy have all been linked to heavy smokers. Now you have one more reason to quit! Well two reasons if you count each eye.
3. Healthy Eating
Didn’t your mom tell you to eat your vegetables? She did that because fruits and vegetables have vitamins and minerals that are not only beneficial to your whole body but also essential to maintaining healthy eyes.
4. Getting Proper Shut-Eye
Not sleeping enough can directly effect your eyes! Lack of sleep causes dark circles under your eyes, eye twitching, blurry vision and dry eyes. Where do you think the term “beauty sleep” comes from?
5. Stop Rubbing!
A pattered correlation to #6. Many who don’t sleep a full night love to rub their eyes. This is a big NO NO. If you rub too hard you can break blood vessels under your eyelids! So get a full nights rest and if your eyes are still irritating you try a cold compress instead of rubbing.
6. Check up on your Make Up
Ladies don’t worry; we aren’t saying “never wear make-up.” However, anything you put close to or get in your eye is a potential risk. Try to apply makeup away from the lash line so oils and chemicals do not get in and under your lids. This can build up and cause infections. It is also recommended you do not keep your eye makeup longer than 3 months. This prevents bacteria from growing and living in your mascara.
7. Remove your Contacts
Incorporate removing your contacts at night with your daily bedtime routine. Teeth brushed, hair brushed, face washed, contacts out. It’s a simple routine that doesn’t allow for any excuses.
8. Turn off the TV and phone at night
Light levels that change frequently can hurt and strain your eyes. It is recommended every 20 minutes you put down your phone or turn away from the TV. Binge watching Netflix at night isn’t worth the discomfort it can bring to your eyes. Moderation is key to enjoying your TV shows and social media and maintaining healthy eyesight.
9. Visit your Eye Doctor; regularly
Eye exams can detect vision problems and diseases that you may not even be aware exist yet. In some cases, they can also detect early enough to treat the diseases before it escalates. If you haven’t already; book your eye exam with your doctor for you and your loved ones.