While we are dedicating most of our time to working from home or trying out different things at home, health should not be ignored. Now if you are going to say that you spend a lot of this time working out and focussing on your physical health, then that’s really good. But have you also been taking care of your eyes?
Eye health is as important as your overall health, but sadly, it is also sometimes the most ignored, especially if one has never had any vision problems in the past. But, no matter how healthy your eyes are at the moment, they still require proper care. Keep in mind that we are all spending the majority of our time in front of a screen!
This is why an effective home eye care routine should be a part of your day-to-day life. It will help you keep your eyes healthy and relieve you from many problems like eye strain, blurry vision, and headaches caused by the stress on your eyes.
5 Simple Home Eye Care Tips
Here are a few home eye care tips that you can follow to take care of one of the most sensitive organs in the human body, the eyes -
1. Make your diet eye-healthy
Having a healthy diet is pretty much the first step towards treating any health ailments and is obviously the best way to maintain good health. Including eye-healthy foods in your diet goes a long way in maintaining good eye health.
These eye-healthy foods include foods rich in Vitamin A like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, etc., fruits and vegetables, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, and tuna, foods including antioxidants like dark chocolate, and foods rich in vitamin E like grains, cereals, and dry fruits like almonds. All these nutrients help your eyes and vision a great deal. So, including these in your diet will be great for your home eye care routine.
2. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle
Exercising regularly will not only help you keep fit but also benefit your overall health, including your eye health. Good physical health will keep you away from problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It will also keep your blood sugar levels in check, decreasing your chances of developing diabetes. What does this have to do with your eyes? Well, such diseases eventually affect your vision (for example, diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy), which is why it’s important to keep them at bay.
3. Give your eyes proper rest.
With smartphones and laptops, your screen time has undoubtedly increased, leading to strain on the eyes. This is why it is essential to give your eyes proper rest at regular intervals.
Most of the time, you will be advised by your doctor to follow the 20-20-20 rule. The rule says that for every 20 minutes of screen time, you must look away from your screen at an object placed 20 feet away and stare at it for 20 seconds.
This is a great exercise for your eye muscles and helps prevent eye strain caused by digital exposure.
4. Avoid smoking and tobacco consumption.
It’s no news that smoking and tobacco are harmful to your health. The same holds true for your eye health. Smoking increases the risk of developing eye diseases like cataracts. So if you want to take good care of your eyes, it is always advised to avoid this life-threatening habit.
5. Maintain good hygiene
While COVID-19 has taught us all to maintain as hygienic a lifestyle as possible, it is also important to carry out that hygienic practice in your home eye care routine. This means you should not touch your eyes often and clean your hands before touching your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, make sure your hands are clean before putting them or taking them out of your eyes.
Following these eye care tips at home will surely help you see a positive change in your day to day life.
Why Choose Centre for Sight?
Even while following these simple home eye care tips, you may sometimes need professional help. With Centre for Sight, you can book an online appointment and get advice on home eye care straight from our experts and experienced healthcare professionals who can help diagnose your eye problems and get timely and effective treatment!
Article: Simple Home Eye Care Tips Anyone can Follow!
Author: CFS Editorial Team | July 05 2021 | UPDATED 12:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.