Beat the Winter Blues; Eye Health Matters
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Certainly, maintaining good health during the winter is crucial, as colder temperatures can bring about specific health challenges.
Dr Mahipal S Sachdeva, Ophthalmologist and Chairman of Centre for Sight, a chain of Eye Hospitals reminds us that tending to your eyes during the chilly winter season requires a blend of care and humidity to prevent your eyes feeling like they are on a polar expedition!
First and foremost, hydration is key. Drink water throughout the day to retain the natural moisture of your eyes. Consider an indoor humidifier or lubricating eye drops to counter the dry spells cast by the aggressive heating systems and air purifiers.
For those planning to binge-watch during winter breaks, we advocate to practice the 20-20-20 rule i.e. every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Also, blink frequently and remember to keep the screen at an arm distance with room adequately illuminated.
Lastly, this winter season, enjoy a hearty banquet of omega-3 and vitamins A, C, and E by incorporating fresh fruits, nuts, berries, and leafy greens in your diet. Although the winter season makes you feel lethargic, one should go for a walk to soak up vitamin D from the morning sun. Children should especially be encouraged to play outside to reduce the myopic stimulus received from the digital devices indoors. When planning to step out of the house, use UV-protected sunglasses for that harsh winter sun.