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HEALTH HINTS

Maintaining the Beauty of your Eyes

By: Ericka PingolMaintaining the Beauty of your Eyes

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, says author Antoine De Saint-Exupery. But the beauty that our eyes hold should also be taken care of. The eyes are our gateway to see and experience the world! So don’t take your eyes for granted, take care of them.

Here are a few tips on how to maintain good eyesight:

  • Eat well. Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Quit smoking. It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. If you've tried to kick the habit before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.
  • Wear sunglasses. The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive. If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It's still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.
  • Use safety eyewear. If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.
  • Look away from the computer screen. Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause eyestrain, dry eyes, blurry vision, and trouble focusing at a distance, among other things.
  • Be aware of computer fatigue. If you have eye strain from working at a computer or doing close work, you can follow the 20-20-20 rule: Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for twenty seconds. If eye fatigue persists, it can be a sign of several different conditions, such as dry eye, presbyopia, or spectacles with lenses that are not properly centered. 
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly. Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best. Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It's important to spot them early on when they're easier to treat.

For dryness, tiredness or discomfort, there are gentle formulas out there that can help, as they aid in refreshing our eyes.  It is also recommended to consult an eye doctor annually to keep a good eye on your pretty peepers. Our eyes are among the most important organs, they let us see the vividness and depth of the world and also help us manage the light signals to keep our body’s internal clock running smoothly, thus it is important that we look after our peepers with the utmost care!

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