Eye health is quite closely related to your overall physical health and wellbeing. Taking care of your health and wellbeing can significantly reduce the risks of developing eye diseases and may prevent vision loss. Your eyesight is one of your most important senses and utilising these tips below could benefit you.
Reduce Screen Time
Excessive periods of screen time can have severe effects on the eyes. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) also known as digital eye strain is a condition caused by computers and digital devices. It results from prolonged screen usage without appropriate eye protection which can lead to eye strain. Common symptoms of computer vision syndrome include blurred vision, redness in the eyes, back or neck pains, dry eyes, double vision, eye fatigue and dizziness. Many smartphones and tablets are equipped with a night mode feature, which enables you to alter the brightness of your display. Also, make sure you practice the 20-20-20 eye rule to help prevent digital eye strain.
Eat A Healthy Diet
The foods we eat are extremely important for eye health; good nutrition is a vital part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Food sources rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins A, C and E may help to avert the onset of age-related vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight can help to prevent developing eye problems due to obesity-related conditions like diabetes and may reduce intraocular pressure. A well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle can go a long way in helping to protect your eyes.
If you spend time outdoors, your eyes may need protection from the sun’s UV rays. UV rays can not only cause damage to your skin and eyelids, but it can also impact your cornea, lens and retina. Sunglasses can be worn during all seasons to prevent harmful UVA and UVB rays from entering your eyes.
Research reveals that smoking significantly increases your risk of developing eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinopathy and dry eye disease. Quitting smoking and adopting a healthier lifestyle will drastically improve your overall health and your eyes will thank you for it.
Make sure you schedule regular eye examinations with your ophthalmologist as they can detect any underlying eye conditions and even general health problems. It is also advisable that you wear the correct prescription glasses or contact lenses if required and most importantly of all, look after your eyes!
Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.
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