Your eyes are precious. You want to keep them all your life. But how to care on a daily basis, both inside and outside?
Choose healthy diet
“Eat carrots for good eyesight” said our mother decades ago. And they were right. Vitamins A, C and E, and minerals such as zinc and lutein, help prevent certain disorders of the eye including macular degeneration. In addition, vitamin A (carrot, spinach and kale) promotes the proper functioning of the retina while minimizing the risk of suffering from night blindness.
Smoking is also singled out as a risk factor for cataracts and macular degeneration. This habit can affect the optic nerve. Smokers, you know what to do!
A sedentary lifestyle, overweight and hypertension are recognized as risk factors for macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. Treat yourself to regular exercise sessions, you will carry better.
Use good lighting
To read or to work, make sure you have good lighting. The light should illuminate the surface to which you turn your gaze. It must be located above your left hand if you are right handed and right for lefties.
Blink more often
Front of the computer, people tend to keep their eyes open. However, it is harmful. Learn to blink more often, even if you give pauses “twinkle” or to keep a physiological serum (saline solution which is similar to natural tears) at hand.
Rest your eyes
If you work several hours at the computer, rest your eyes every 20 minutes, looking away for twenty seconds, at least.
Do not look at the light
It is a reflex, but it is harmful to your eyes. If you must drive at night, do not look directly at the headlights of the oncoming car in front of yours. Look slightly to the side to avoid being dazzled.
In the shade or in the sun, wear a visor or hat. This additional element of protection reduce the risk of glare and improve your daytime vision.
Protect your eyes
Outside, do not look directly at the sun and wear at all times, sunglasses. This prevents cataracts or macular degeneration. Make sure they provide good protection against UVA and UVB rays. Prefer the sunglasses purchased from an optician to order, they usually provide better protection.
At home, in the workshop or during sports, wear goggles. You will avoid serious injuries due to shock, debris that can cause injury or burns due to housekeeping products.
Get medical attention
Spend regular eye exams. Ophthalmologists recommend a review every 10 years (in 18-40 years), every five years (between 41 and 55 years) every three years (for 56-65 years) and every two years for 65 years and older. If you have diabetes or if you have a family history of glaucoma or cataracts, increase the frequency of your visits to your eye specialist.
These tips will help you maintain eye and vision healthy as long as possible.