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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Style & Beauty
Good eye health
is always in style
our eyes are an impor-
tant part of your health.
As we learned last week
during World Glaucoma
Week, there are many
things you can do to keep them
healthy and make sure you are
seeing your best. Follow these
simple steps for maintaining
healthy eyes well into your golden
years and perhaps in preventing
diseases like glaucoma.
Have a comprehensive dilated
eye exam. You might think your
vision is fine or that your eyes
are healthy, but visiting your eye
care professional for a compre-
hensive dilated eye exam is the
only way to really be sure. When
it comes to common vision prob-
lems, some people don’t realize
they could see better with glasses
or contact lenses. In addition,
many common eye diseases such
as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease
and age-related macular degener-
ation often have no warning signs.
A dilated eye exam is the only way
to detect these diseases in their
During a comprehensive dilated
eye exam, your eye care profes-
sional places drops in your eyes to
dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow
more light to enter the eye the
same way an open door lets more
light into a dark room. This ena-
bles your eye care professional to
get a good look at the back of the
eyes and examine them for any
signs of damage or disease. Your
eye care professional is the only
one who can determine if your
eyes are healthy and if you are
seeing your best.
Know your family’s eye health
Talk to your family members
about their eye health history. It is
important to know if anyone has
been diagnosed with a disease or
condition since many are heredi-
tary. This will help to determine if
you are at a higher risk for devel-
oping an eye disease or condition.
Eat right to protect your sight.
You may have heard carrots are
good for your eyes. But eating a
diet rich in fruits and vegetables,
particularly dark leafy greens
such as spinach, kale, or for us
locally dasheen bush and bhagi,
is important for keeping your
eyes healthy, too. Research has
also shown there are eye health
benefits from eating fish high
in omega-3 fatty acids, such as
salmon and tuna.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Being overweight or obese in-
creases your risk of developing
diabetes and other systemic con-
ditions, which can lead to vision
loss, such as diabetic eye disease
or glaucoma. If you are having
trouble maintaining a healthy
weight, talk to your doctor.
Wear protective eyewear.
Wear protective eyewear when
playing sports or doing activi-
ties around the home. Protective
eyewear includes safety glasses
and goggles, safety shields, and
eye guards specially designed to
provide the correct protection
for a certain activity. Most protec-
tive eyewear lenses are made of
polycarbonate, which is 10 times
stronger than other plastics. Many
eye care providers sell protective
eyewear, as do some sporting
Quit smoking or never start.
Smoking is as bad for your eyes
as it is for the rest of your body.
Research has linked smoking to
an increased risk of developing
age-related macular degenera-
tion, cataract, and optic nerve
Six ways to treat your tired eyes
ur eyes always seem to be in use.
Whether or not we are at a computer
for most of the day, reading or stud-
ying, watching television or glued to
smart phones, our eyes take a lot of
beating. It is quite easy for your eyes to become
strained or tired.
If left unchecked, this very common condi-
tion can lead to more serious health issues.
So if you find yourself experiencing tired
eyes, here are some ways you can remedy that
• Take some time away from electronic devices
• Increase the amount of light in the room espe-
cially when reading
• Try listening instead of reading or watching
• Get enough sleep
• Soothe your eyes by taking a walk outside of
your office or house and allow your eyes to
get some natural light
If issues with your eyes get worse, please
consult a doctor,ophthalmologist or a medical
damage, all of which can lead to
Be cool and wear your shades.
Sunglasses are a great fashion
accessory, but their most impor-
tant job is to protect your eyes
from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
When purchasing sunglasses,
look for ones that block out 99
to 100 percent of both UV-A and
Give your eyes a rest.
If you spend a lot of time at the
computer or focusing on any
one thing, you sometimes
forget to blink and your
eyes can get fatigued. Try
the 20-20-20 rule: Every
20 minutes, look away about
20 feet in front of you for 20
seconds. This can help reduce
Clean your hands and your
contact lenses properly.
To avoid the risk of infection,
always wash your hands thor-
oughly before putting in or taking
out your contact lenses. Make
sure to disinfect contact lenses
as instructed and replace them as
appropriate. As a rule avoid rub-
bing or touching your eyes with
hands, especially if your hands
are not clean.
Practice workplace eye safety.
Employers are required to pro-
vide a safe work environment.
When protective eyewear is re-
quired as a part of your job, make
a habit of wearing the appropri-
ate type at all times and encour-
age your coworkers to do the
Article taken from National Eye
Institute (NEI) which is based in the
United States of America.
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