They say the eyes are the window to one’s soul. They allow the person to take in the sights, and at the same time allow others to see how the person is feeling through the expression in his eyes. As such, it’s very important to take great care of one’s eyes, because they are also very sensitive to external factors such as sunlight, dust and various irritants.
By practicing these basic eye care habits, you can help ensure that your eyes are properly protected and cared for:
- Wear sunglasses outdoors during daytime. We don’t realize that eye damage caused by UV rays accumulates during our lifetime, and that protection from it must start early and done often. When purchasing sunglasses, get lenses that are large and cover a large area, with lenses that have ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements and provide UV 400 protection.
- Remove eye make-up when you get home. Using the right removal cream, coconut oil or olive oil helps avoid problems related to excessive eye make-up use, such as conjunctivitis, dry eyes, and loss of eyelashes, among others.
- Remove contact lenses when not in use. If you’re spending the day at home and will not be using contact lenses, don’t wear them. Not wearing contacts will allow your eyes to relax and avoid eye strain from constant use. Doing so also minimizes the possibility of cornea infection.
- Have a proper diet. Proper nutrition goes a long way in caring for your eyes. Food containing beta carotene from carrots can help maintain good eyesight, while eating leafy greens will provide the lutein and zeaxanthin needed to help lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Other food beneficial to the eyes include eggs, citrus, berries, and almonds.
Of course, these tips and many others work best with the care that your eye doctor can provide you. If you have any concerns with your vision, it’s best you contact your local doctor to make sure no minor problems become larger concerns in the future.