Top 10 Eye Health Tips Everyone Should Follow
Written by Dr. James Lehmann on 04/8/19
Want to take better care of your eyes? Good idea!
Eye health is a very important yet often overlooked part of the body. Many times, people don’t even pay attention to their eye health unless there is an issue.
But just like any other part of the body, you want to treat your eyes with care and take preventative measures to decrease your risk for problems down the road.
Read on to learn more about the top eye health tips to keep yours healthy for the years to come!
Get a Regular Exam
Some people wait years in between eye exams because they don’t think there’s an issue only to find they’ve been suffering from something they were totally unaware of. You should get a regular eye exam the same way you get a regular physical from your general practitioner.
A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to verify your eyes are in good health. You may think you’re seeing fine only to discover you’re living with an impairment and could see better with contact lenses or glasses. This information can be a game changer and you’ll never know if you don’t see a doctor!
Regular eye exams can also check for common eye diseases like cataract, glaucoma, or other age-related eye degeneration you don’t know you’re dealing with.
Many of these issues are treatable and preventable so it’s important to have a regular exam to get ahead of any serious problems.
Know Family History
Just with many other health issues, problems with the eyes can be genetic and it’s important to know your family history so you can alert your doctor.
Talk to your family. Ask them about their past eye health and ask if they’ve been diagnosed with any kind of degenerative condition or disease that you should know about.
Once you tell your doctor of your family history, he or she can keep a better watch on any issues that may be hereditary so you can take preventative measures and avoid being shocked by something down the road.
Protect Your Eyes
Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. Many bodily injuries occur around the home doing mundane tasks that result in harm. If you’re working around the house with tools or taking on a certain activity that could put your eyes in danger, wear protective glasses or something to shield your eyes.
You can purchase protective eyewear at many sporting goods stores or at home improvement stores. Most protective eyewear is stronger than plastic alone and can do a better job of protecting your eyes from harm’s way.
Rest Your Eyes
If you spend a lot of your day looking at a screen, be sure to make time for breaks. We’re constantly looking at our smartphones or working on our computers and this can cause strain to your eyes.
In order to protect them and give them a rest, make a conscious effort to look away from the screen for at least 30 seconds or a minute every thirty minutes or so. It will give your eyes a break from the blue light and from focusing on an area so close to the body.
Be sure to look away into the distance while you rest your eyes so they can relax as much as possible. This will help your eyes from being so fatigued at the end of the day and limit any permanent damaged caused by too much screen time.
You can also purchase a pair of glasses with yellow tints that are specifically made to keep your eyes from experiencing too much of the blue light from a screen. This helps them strain less and they won’t feel as tired after a work day.
Thoroughly Clean Your Hands and Contact Lenses
Touching and rubbing your eyes frequently makes you more susceptible to germs an infection. This can cause problems with your eye but also make you sick overall since our eyes are access points for viruses and even the common cold.
Try to avoid touching your fingers to your eyes and if you can’t, be sure you wash your hands frequently so they’re as clean as possible.
If your eyes are already irritated, try to keep from rubbing them as this can further increase the irritation and even result in a broken blood vessel. Keep in mind your eyes are gentle and should be treated as such.
Exposure to the sun can seriously damage your eyes. You need to protect them from the UV rays the same way you would protect your face and the rest of your body.
Invest in a pair of sunglasses with UV protection and wear them anytime you’re exposed to the sun. If you wear a prescription already, you can get that same prescription put into sunglass form so you have no reason to avoid wearing them.
Overexposure to the sun can cause damage later on when it comes to your vision and can result in needing cataract procedures to correct the problem.
Pay Attention to Chronic Headaches
Chronic headaches should come up on your radar as a possible issue with the eyes. Headaches can be caused by many things but problems with vision and the need to strain your eyes in order to focus or see can lead to chronic headaches.
Some people who get frequent headaches found they were experiencing a simple eye issue that was fixed easily with a glasses or a contact lens prescription.
Tears Are a Good Thing
No one wants dry, red, or irritated eyes. Your eyes should naturally produce tears that help keep the eye moist and flush out debris and unwanted bacteria.
If you’re experiencing dry eyes or a lack of tear production, over the counter eye drops may feel good at the moment but they won’t do much to correct the problem. Talk to your doctor about artificial tear drops which can help get your eyes back into balance.
By now you know the health risks associated with smoking but did you know that lighting up can cause longterm problems with your eyes? It’s true. Smoking can lead to degenerative issues with your eyes.
It can cause permanent nerve damage or even blindness. So put that cigarette out now!
Get Plenty of Sleep
Let’s be honest, sleep helps your whole body heal and remain healthy. Just like any other part of the body, your eyes will benefit from a good nights rest. It allows them to recharge and keeps them from feeling strained and exhausted.
Sleep also helps prevent dark circles and bags which can make the eyes look heavy and tired.
Follow These Eye Health Tips Today!
Now that you have an understanding of these eye health tips, start implementing them into your care routine today.
Pay attention to preventative care options that could save you a lot of trouble and pain. Start a regiment and stick to it.
We’d love to help protect your eyes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more tips!