Your eyes play an important role in your overall health. Therefore, many steps should be taken to ensure that your eyes are protected. Your eyes help you see shapes, colors, and manage the light signals that keep your body running properly. In fact, when there is temperature increase, protecting your eyes is the last thing on your mind. But your eyes can be damaged when the temperature increases or drops. Taking a holistic approach to your eye health is important if you want to have good eye health. Here are some important tips to consider to protect your eyes.
Go for Regular Eye Exams
If you are younger than 40, you may need to go for routine tests every 2 years. Your doctor will do some routine tests to check if you have serious “hidden” problems that can affect your vision. This ranges from cataracts to glaucoma. During the test, your ophthalmologist will dilate your eyes to widen the pupil. This allows more light to enter the eyes enabling them to identify any signs of damage. Your ophthalmologist will indicate if you need some corrections to be done on the eye. Some of the conditions once fully developed are irreversible and difficult to cure at later stages.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes With Dirty Hands
The best way to protect your eyes from communicable diseases is to wash your hands regularly. Touching the membrane of your face with dirty hands allows germs to enter the body. Your eyes become very susceptible to infection after an eye surgery such as cataract surgery or glaucoma. Also, many respiratory viruses like Covid-19 enter your nose or mouth by touching your face with dirty hands.
Wear a Hat and Sunglasses When Outside
The sun provides critical life support but can also cause serious harm. The UV radiation carries danger by burning your skin and eyes causing long-term eye damage. Wearing hats and sunglasses prevent as much as 50 percent of the rays of the sun reaching your eyes. When selecting sunglasses opt for safety over style. Look for shades that block 90 percent of ultra-violet radiation. Hats, on the other hand, prevent UV rays from penetrating the gap left between the top of your sunglasses and forehead.
Avoid Straining Your Eyes
Strained eyes are prone to both short- and long-term effects and can even lead to vision loss. To protect your eyes, you need to take breaks during computer work, have a good light source at home, and maintain the good air quality in your home. If you have a humidifier, make sure you adjust the settings until you are comfortable with the temperature.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Sleep and a healthy diet are important to our eyes and mind. Therefore, your eyes should get nutrients such as Vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, and food that regulates blood sugar and weight. This is because diseases such as obesity can lead to vision loss. Obesity leads to an increase in pressure within the eye. This pressure could increase the risk of developing glaucoma in the future.
If you have any questions or concerns about protecting your eyes, Grin Eye Care in Olathe and Leawood, Kansas, would be happy to help. You can reach out to us today at (913)-829-5511 and book an appointment.