Your eyes are not only “windows to the soul” but also an accurate indicator of your health. The very first step to beautiful eyes is to keep them healthy.
Here are 12 simple hacks to help you keep your eyes healthy and sparkling:
1. Take a 20-second break from your computer
Looking at a computer screen (or any other digital screen) won’t damage your eyes but it can cause them to become tired and dry. Surprisingly, you blink only half as often when you look into the computer screen. To protect your eyes, follow the 20/20/20 rule, meaning after every 20 minutes, look at least 20 cm away from your screen for at least 20 seconds. In addition, position your screen at the most comfortable distance from your eyes. These tactics can prevent your eyes from getting tired at the end of the day.
2. Always wear sunglasses when going in the sun
Not only can UV radiation harm your skin, but it also can hurt your eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can result in problems like cataracts, corneal burn or eyelid cancer. When you go outdoors, even on cloudy days, always wear sunglasses or anti-UV contact lens. Wearing sunglasses can spice up your style and protect your eyes at the same time.
3. Wear safety goggles at work or while playing contact sports
This may sound strange to most Vietnamese people but, in fact, it’s a safety precaution you should never skip. Statistically, nearly half of all eye injuries occur at the workplace or during high-intensity exercise or contact sports without safety goggles. Wearing safety goggles can prevent up to 90% chances of shards or chemicals entering the eyes should there be an accident.
Choose lenses made of polycarbonate plastic which is 10 times more impact-resistant than other materials. Sports with the highest injury rates are baseball, racket sports, soccer, and basketball.
4. Eat for your eyes
Healthy foods are not only good for your overall health but also beneficial for your vision. Choose citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and whole grains. Carrots are rich in vitamin A which is a great contributor to healthy, brilliant eyes. Also, don’t forget to supplement other zinc-rich foods including peanuts, beans, peas, oysters, lean red beef, and poultry.
5. Don’t ignore any eye symptoms
If your eyes get red or itchy, relieve them by applying an ice pack or using eye drops and anti-allergy medications. If the discomfort doesn’t improve, wash your eyes with clean water or saline. If these symptoms continue along with eye secretions, sensitivity to light, it’s best to seek medical care as soon as possible. Your doctor will help detect the exact cause of your eye problem to determine the right treatment course.
6. Clean your contact lenses
This is very important for people wearing contact lenses in order to have healthy and bright eyes. Only clean your lenses with certified cleaners. Before putting on contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly first to keep the bacteria away from your eyes.
Do not wear contact lenses when you are swimming or sleeping. Also, do not wear them for any longer than the recommended time.
7. Know your health history
This doesn’t sound relevant to keeping your eyes healthy but it actually is. Hypertension or diabetes can decrease the blood flow to your eyes. Also, immune system disorders of the lungs, thyroid glands, and other parts can inflame your eyes. Moreover, knowing your health and past health conditions enables you to help your doctor come up with an accurate diagnosis of what is happening to your eyes.
8. Read drug labels carefully before use
Many types of medications contain ingredients that can affect your vision. Look out for any side effects from the medications you are using to treat other conditions (if any). See your doctor immediately if your experience dry eyes, double vision, or light sensitivity to see whether your medications are the cause.
9. Get rid of old eye makeup
Don’t hesitate to throw away old makeup, especially eye products. Bacteria are quick to grow in makeup products, especially creamy eye products. If you experience eye infection and suspect that your makeup products are the cause, do not think twice about getting rid of them.
On the other hand, never share eye makeup products or use testers at stores on your eyes to prevent cross infection. Don’t ever apply cosmetics inside your lash lines and always remember to remove all your makeup before sleep.
10. Get regular eye exams
Getting regular eye exams also plays an important role in keeping your eyes healthy. Even though you are not short-sighted, far-sighted, and without astigmatism, try to have your eyes examined regularly to check for any unusual signs.
11. Quit smoking
If you are a smoker, stop smoking. The harmful ingredients in cigarettes increase your risk of retinal degeneration and cataracts. These will make your eyes drier and cause great discomfort. Moreover, cigarettes can increase the buildup of plaque in the bloodstream, which compromises your arteries.
Over time, this increases the risk of strokes, retina damage, and weakened vision. There have been many scientific studies showing that non-smokers face very few health risks while those risks are 3 to 5 times higher for those who smoke.
12. Receive beauty procedures at certified clinics
Eye-lift or eye bag surgery can help improve the shape of your eyes. If you are unhappy with your dark circles, eye bags, or want your eyes to look bigger, consult with an experienced surgeon at a reputable clinic.
Beautiful eyes can change the overall look of your face. Therefore, don’t take eye care lightly.
Thea hopes that this article has provided you with useful information on how to take care of your eyes and keep them healthy. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding cosmetic procedures for your eyes and any other body parts!