However, the eye is known to be the light of the body and therefore, should be handled with utmost care. As machines and electronic devices come with their respective manual which entails guide for their proper usage, so does the eye has its Dos and Don’ts, which if followed will ensure healthy eye, safe from any form of disease conditions.
DOS FOR YOUR EYES
EAT EYE-FRIENDLY FOOD
Eat a diet rich in Vitamins, anti-oxidants, and other vital nutrients. Vitamin A in carrots is particularly good for your eyes. Also, seasonal vegetables, especially dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, water leaf, Ugu and fruits such as watermelon are good for your eyes. Also, eat fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
ALWAYS WEAR SUNGLASS WHEN GOING OUT
Sunglasses not only make you appear cool but also protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Be it a cloudy day or a sunny day.
Exercise is good for the eyes because it helps to reduce eye pressure. For example, you can the 20-20-20 rule when working for long hours in front of the computer. Focus on an object that is at least 20 feet away from you. Do this for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
GO FOR ANNUAL EYE EXAMINATION
This is a must-do. Never brush off your annual eye check-up because you think your eyesight is perfect. Even if your vision is fine, visit your eye doctor. He or she is the only person who can identify any signs/early symptoms of potential danger and vision-related conditions.
THE DON’TS FOR YOUR EYES
DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR EYES TO GLARES
Avoid staring at the sun and other bright objects such as headlights, bright lights and laser pointers. This is extremely harmful to the eyes and can affect your vision. Even while watching TV or staring at computer screen, dim the light a bit so it is not harsh on your eyes.
NEVER WORK IN POOR LIGHT
Reading or doing any other activity under poor lighting conditions can strain your eyes. This can result in; headache, pain in the eyes, and other issues. Always use a soft white light that doesn’t produce glares for reading. Also, the light should not directly reflect in your eyes.
DO NOT SMOKE
Both active and passive smoking is bad for the eyes. Smoking tobacco increases your risk of eye issues such as Age-related Macular Degeneration, cataract, and other eye problems.
DO NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR EYE MAKE-UP ON
Preservatives in cosmetics can cause harm to the ocular surface. Try as much as possible to keep your mascara on the tips of the eyelashes so as not to block the opening oil glands located at the edges of your eyelids.
Dr Sunkanmi Arogbokun
Saint Louis Hospital,
Brighter View clinic.
Owo, Ondo State.