Taking care of your eye health is important, keeping your eyes as healthy as possible for better eyesight and preventing any additional eye-related issues in the future.
No matter your age you should be taking care of your eyes just like you would the rest of your body. At Reynolds, we have found our top five tips so that you can focus on your eyecare at home to ensure you are protecting your eyes to the best of your ability.
If you find that you regularly suffer from dry eyes the best thing that you can do is to hydrate. The more water that you drink will help to ensure that your eyes will feel comfortable.
This tip is easy to add to your everyday routine by trying to drink more water whenever possible. Keep a bottle or glass next to you throughout the day and reap the benefits, both eye and bodily.
If you are looking for a quick hydration fix for your eyes, eye drops are a soothing addition to your daily routine.
2. Take Screen Breaks
One of the most obvious and simple things you can do to help maintain eye health is to take regular screen breaks to prevent computer eye strain.
Whether in the office or working from home, the 20-20-20 rule could be your saviour. The 20-20-20 rule is simple: take 20 seconds to look away from your screen every 20 minutes, at something at least 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a break from the up-close screen time you’ve been having and finds them something a bit farther afield to focus on, helping to prevent a change in your prescription as your eyes become more shortsighted due to elongated screen time.
3. Wear Sunglasses
The ultraviolet light from the sun can cause long-lasting sight issues if overexposed, boosting your chances of cataracts or other sight degeneration.
Wearing sunglasses in the sun is the ideal way to block the sun’s rays, protecting your eyes from UV light and making it easier to see in the sun at the same time. Not only are sunglasses useful sun protection for eyecare, but they also look good too!
4. Avoid Touching Your Eyes
As clean as we try to be, our hands can carry lots of dirt and germs that you don’t want to get close to your eye, so it’s best to avoid touching your eyes as much as possible.
If you need to touch your eyes, either for contact lenses or if something has gotten into your eye, always wash your hands thoroughly beforehand to ensure your eyes are remaining clean and clear.
5. Eat Well
One tip that we hear all the time for other aspects of our health is to eat a balanced diet. Making sure you include certain foods in your diet that are nutrient and vitamin-rich can help to maintain your eye health.
Eye-healthy foods include carrots (yes they are good for your eyes, but no they won’t help you to see in the dark) and spinach for Vitamin A, Omega-3 rich foods like salmon or tuna, and Vitamin E rich foods like grains and cereals. Adding these to your diet is great for your eye health, and you don’t have to skip dessert either as dark chocolate is great for adding antioxidants to your diet.