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10 Working Tips For Healthy Eyes

Alyson Williams Sep 7, 2019
Maintaining healthy eyes and a good eyesight can be challenging in the present day era of smartphones. However, here are ten useful tips that can be used and foods that can be taken for healthy eyes.
Good eyesight can turn into a rare thing in 21st century. We use smartphones daily, work on computers and laptops and watch TV too much. This can affect our eyesight, yet, so many people neglect care of eyes. What should you do to keep your eyes bright and healthy.

Don’t Forget To Blink

Only computer screens are not to be blamed as the reason for eye strain or dry eyes. In fact, it's not even a screen and its blue light that makes your eyes feel tired. The thing is, when we are looking at the screen for a long time, we forget to blink.
Under normal conditions, the average person blinks 15-20 times a minute. But when we work with laptops or documents, we blink less due to a deep focus on what we are doing. So, remind yourself to blink more and limit screen time to avoid the feeling of dry eyes at the end of the day.

Follow The 20-20-20 Rule

Getting lost in an exciting book is the favorite pastime for many. But, if you read for too long without interruptions, your eyes may get accustomed to looking at close distances. This bad habit may affect your vision and even cause nearsightedness.
You can follow the 20-20-20 rule to rest your eyes after long concentration. So, after every 20 minutes of reading, try to look at something at 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This simple practice will help your eyes release tension and rest.

Remember The Water

‘Stay hydrated!' is what we hear from everyone. Although we all know how important it is to drink more water, we often neglect this recommendation and don't even relate it to dry eyes symptoms.
Your body needs water for smooth functioning. As your eyes also rely on fluids to produce tears and moisturize the eyeball, make sure to drink enough water. Coffee or tea don't have hydrating qualities as water, so you can't compensate for water in your body by consuming beverages.

Keep Your Towels Yours

While traveling or spending time outdoors, you may face the necessity to use someone else's towel or share yours. Sharing your towel may seem generous, but it is also unhealthy.
Your friend may have eye infections and not notice it. And using the same towel after another person using it, you may get your eyes inflamed. You also may have an infection on your eyes without knowing about it. So, don't put yourself and your loved ones at risk and use separate towels.

See Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Whether you have a good vision or not, regular visits to the eye doctor may help you prevent severe eye problems. It is recommended to take eye examination once every two years. Of course, if you have low vision, it's better to see the specialist once a year or even more often.
Ageing often causes blurred vision. Older adults are often at risk of glaucoma, presbyopia and other eye diseases, which is not so easy to spot. Taking vision tests time to time, you'll be able to identify possible issues and treat your eyes.

Try Not To Rub Your Eyes

We can't see it without a microscope, but our hands are always full of a host of germs. Touching our face with our hands, we may accidentally transfer microorganisms to the eyes. The situation may worsen when you have a habit of rubbing your eyes.
To avoid contagious infections, better try not to touch your eyes. If you have an itchy feeling in your eye, try to wash your hands before and rub it only when your hands are already clean and dry.

Reach For Food Rich In Omega-3 And Lutein

If you want to have healthy eyes, try to eat more food that contains omega-3 acids, beta carotene, and lutein. The latter is only absorbed when consumed with fatty acids present in fish and nuts.

When in the supermarket, grab some tuna and salmon. If you like to have a snack during breaks, take some walnuts, cashews and Brazil nuts, which expect omega-3 contain a high level of vitamin E. Chia and flax seeds also proved helpful for eye health.

Sleep At Least 7 Hours A Day

While being productive and active all day, people sacrifice their sleep. We sleep 5-6 hours instead of a healthy minimum of 7-8 hours. Sleep deficiency makes the body sluggish and tired. Eyes are no exception: if you sleep less they do not get proper rest.
Try to sleep at least 7 hours, to let your eyes rejuvenate. And remember that fatigue can accumulate: if you sleep 4 hours today, you need to rest for 8 and another 4 hours, the next day to fully restart your body.

Wear Sunglasses

We can't live without the sun and its warmth. But not many people acknowledge the negative effects of exposure to ultraviolet rays. Sunbathing is harmful for skin, causing early aging and risks of skin cancer. While taking care of our skin, we often forget the eyes.
Wearing sunglasses will help your eyes to release tension caused by bright sunrays. Choose glasses with UV protection. If you're planning to go skiing, don't forget to take pink lens glasses. They will increase contrast and prevent snow blindness.

Avoid Dry Air

Because of the centralized heating, air in our homes is dry during winter. People who often travel also complain about less humidity in the airplane. Dry air may affect your eyes, making it feeling sore and tired.
To make the air in your house less harsh for your eyes, consider purchasing a humidifier. If you often find yourself in places with constant air-conditioning like planes, artificial tears may add some moisture to your eyes.