20- Jan-2021

5 Tips for Eye Care and Good Vision

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Dt. Kamna Desai
Dt. Kamna Desai
- Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics & Hospital Food Service.
- Certified Diabetes Educator

It is rightly quoted by Charlotte Bronte that “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye”. How about learning some quick tips for eye care and good vision ..?

Eyes can open a world of possibilities for our dreams to realize. Like any other body part, eye care is equally important to ward off signs of ageing. A healthy eyesight is critical for physical, mental, and emotional health.

As cliché as it may sound ‘The twinkle in your eyes clearly reflect the beauty of your soul’. We have read umpteen times before that eyes are the window to the soul. Through this write-up, let us learn about how to take care of those soul’s aperture?

The top 5 tips for Eye Care and Good Vision are as follows:

Active & Healthy Lifestyle – Good nutrition, regular exercise, enough sleep, stress-free lifestyle are pillars for healthy eyesight. Food for healthy eyes should include carotenoids like beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. along with omega 3 fatty acids. Also, a no-smoking attitude along with less exposure to industrial smoke, smog, toxins, UV radiation is critical. A thorough personal hygiene and good eye care are equally important. A fit and active lifestyle lowers your odds of contracting eye infections. Such lifestyle also ensures healthy eyes and good vision in the long run.

Screen time – Prolonged screen time can cause eye stress from glare. An excess eye strain could be detrimental for your eyesight or vision. Relieve your eyes by looking away from the screen intermittently every 20 mins. Also restricting the total screen time to no more than 7 hours is essential. It is important to use anti-glare glasses if you need to access screens for long hours. Also avoid using mobile phones at bedtime (in poor light) as it emits blue light that is harmful for the eyesight.

Screen time – Prolonged screen time can cause eye stress from glare. An excess eye strain could be detrimental for your eyesight or vision. Relieve your eyes by looking away from the screen intermittently every 20 mins. Also restricting the total screen time to no more than 7 hours is essential. It is important to use anti-glare glasses if you need to access screens for long hours. Also avoid using mobile phones at bedtime (in poor light) as it emits blue light that is harmful for the eyesight.

Supplementation – Grape Seed extract is known as super antioxidant with polyphenol flavonoids. It prevents inflammation and oxidative damage of cells caused by free radicals useful in prevention of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Grape Seed Extract has Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPC’s) which are more powerful antioxidants than beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. OPCs in grape Seed extract promote healthy circulation and reduce risk for developing vision related issues. Grapeseed Extract is a potent supplement that may even help relieve eye stress and repair retina damage.

Protective Eyewear – Long hours of sun exposure can damage your eyes. Always wear sunglasses to block UV radiations when out in the sun. Also, while driving in the night, it is advisable to have anti-glare eye protecting glasses on. A protective eye gear while doing welding or construction jobs, working in chemical factories or while playing certain sports is an important tip off for eye-care.

Eye Examination – To maintain a good vision everyone needs regular eye testing by an Ophthalmologist. Eye problems could affect at any age. Vision related problems are being faced by school going children, adults and elderly alike. Routine eye examination once every year is recommended for all. For some, eye disorders could be genetic and at a higher risk of developing it. In such a situation, regular examination every 3-6 months or as need be, is advised.

A small note on eye-care– It is important to be caring towards your peeping pair. Eye problems can be easily prevented if you practice essential eye care habits every day. Practical eye care is easy, doable and effortless. Give your eyes a break from eyestrain. Rest your eyes every now and then. Do some simple eye exercises every day. Rinse your eyes with cool water to keep them dust / dirt free as and when needed. People with spectacles need to regularly check their number. Those wearing contacts should ensure that the contact lenses are squeaky clean and their hand hygiene is taken care of before handing their lens.

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