Here at STL Eco Eyecare, we want your eyes to be as healthy as they possibly can be, so we’ve put together 10 great eye care tips to help keep them in great shape, read on to find out more!
Tip #1 – Exercise Is Good For Your Eyes
Being active is great for our body, but did you know that exercise is good for your eyes, too? There are a number of eye diseases linked to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, so keeping fit is a great way to prevent the onset of these conditions. Studies show that people who exercise regularly are less likely to develop serious eye conditions, including glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Tip #2 – Quit Smoking
We all know how detrimental smoking can be, causing cancer and a whole host of other health problems, including damage to your eyes. Smoking can affect your vision and lead to potentially sight threatening conditions. In fact, smokers are twice as likely to develop AMD, and even more likely to develop cataracts than non-smokers. So, now’s a good a time as any to ditch the cigarettes and help your eyes and body to become healthier!
Tip #3 – Eat Well
What you eat can play a huge role in your eye health and vision. There are several vitamins and nutrients your eyes need to stay healthy, for example, lutein, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C and E. You can find these in green leafy vegetables, carrots, yams, citrus fruits, beans, nuts, grains and seeds, to name a few. Try incorporating these foods into your diet to help promote happy, healthy eyes!
Tip #4 – Sleep Well
How many hours of sleep are you getting every night? Getting enough good quality sleep is important for your eyes – they need to rest and recuperate after working hard for you all day long. This will help to keep your eyes hydrated, preventing dry, sore eyes and susceptibility to eye infections.
Tip #5 – Cut Back On Screen Time
We all live on our screens; whether it’s browsing social media on your smartphone, working at a computer, gaming or watching a movie, and the fact is, all that screen time can be bad news for your eyes. With Covid-19 turning our schools and workplaces virtual over the last year too, cases of digital eye strain are on the rise, but there are steps you can take to alleviate symptoms:
Follow the 20-20-20 rule – take a break every 20 minutes to look away from the screen, and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to refresh your eyes. If symptoms like headaches, eye fatigue, soreness and irritation persist, it might be worth trying out blue blocker glasses lenses. You can find out all about them in our upcoming blog, or if you need to speak to someone sooner, feel free to contact one of our team for advice or drop in at our St Louis eye clinic to speak to us in person.
Tip #6 – Wash Your Hands
We know that everyone has gotten used to washing their hands more regularly since the start of the pandemic! This is really important for your eyes too, so make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or handling contact lenses, to prevent bacteria from entering your eyes and causing an infection.
Tip #7 – Look after Your Lenses
Speaking of contact lenses, if you are an existing wearer now’s a great time to review your lens hygiene. This includes using the correct solution, and never substituting it for water or saliva, and making sure the lens solution isn’t past its expiry date. It’s also important to only wear lenses for the recommended time and avoid sleeping in them, unless the type you are wearing are designed for this and you have been advised to do so by our contact lens specialist.
Lack of good contact lens hygiene may increase your risk of infections, corneal ulcers or even vision loss in extreme cases.
Tip #8 – Regular Eye Exams
Are you up to date with your eye exams? It’s important to be seen as often as your optometrist recommends, so they can pick up any changes in vision and problems, including early signs of eye disease. You can check out our guidelines on eye exam frequency here.
Tip #9 – Check Your Family History
Your family tree can tell you a lot about your eyes. Conditions such as glaucoma can run in families, so if you have a close relative with any eye conditions, this is something our optometrist definitely needs to be aware of. We can then carry out extra checks during your regular eye exam if you’re at a higher risk of developing a specific condition, so if you’re not sure about your family medical history, we do recommend finding out for your peace of mind.
Tip #10 – Wear Your Glasses
If your optometrist recommends that you should wear prescription eyeglasses, whether it’s all the time or for specific activities, make sure you do follow advice to avoid damaging your eyes. Don’t forget, you could also be putting yourself and others at risk too, for example, if you need glasses to drive safely but don’t wear them when required.
There you have it! Our simple and easy eye health tips to help you look after your eyes everyday. We hope you find them useful, and if you have any questions or need to book an appointment with our eye clinic in Brentwood, book online or contact us, and we’ll be happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you to STL Eco Eyecare and sharing our passion for eyecare and sustainability!