Why Eye Care?

 

ARTICLE 3 - WHY EYE CARE

Many of us only start thinking about eye care when a specific problem arises. But there are lots of good reasons to incorporate eye care into your daily routine, and to take proactive steps to keep your eyes looking and seeing more clearly for years to come.

Cleansing Carefully

When an unexpected eye irritant, like an eyelash or a speck of dirt, finds its way into your eye it can catch you off-guard and be incredibly uncomfortable. Often, the instinctive reaction is to rub the eye or to try to remove the object. Unfortunately, this can often cause further irritation and inflammation.

The particle may become further lodged in the eye and harmful bacteria from your hands could lead to an infection. Large or sharp particles can even penetrate the eye’s surface, causing prolonged or permanent damage if it’s not removed carefully. A split second of carelessness could lead to unnecessary risks. This is why it is important to keep an eye bath somewhere in your home or at your place of work, where it can be accessed easily away from other harmful substances.

Optrex Multi-Action Eye Wash is designed to help wash away the offending irritant while soothing the eye from irritation. If the particle cannot be removed using an eye bath, it’s important to see an eye specialist as soon as possible.

Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly

You may be under the impression that your vision is 20:20 or that your eyes are fully healthy. However small they may be, our eyes are highly complex parts of our body and only a comprehensive eye examination can truly tell you everything about your eyes’ health and vision. An eye exam will not only test your vision, but will also detect for early signs of diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. With any luck, an examination will simply confirm that your eye health is up to scratch.

However, if any impairment of vision or signs of an eye problem are detected, you will be in the best position get treatment or advice on how to prevent the condition from worsening. It may be that wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses now could help you to see clearly for years to come.

Getting Enough Sleep

Dry eyes is amongst one of the most common eye complaints, and is more prevalent in older people. Dry eyes can occur when our eyes do not produce enough tears or when the lipid layer on the eyes’ surface becomes damaged allowing the natural aqueous content in the tear film to evaporate.

Sleeping allows us to rest our eyes and allows the lipid layer to recover throughout the night. The tiny muscles in our eyes are working constantly during the day, and like any muscle in the body, these recover while we sleep. Failing to get enough sleep can leave your eyes looking and feeling tired, showing signs such as irritation or puffiness.

Eat with your Eyes

Contrary to the popular expression, it’s actually good to keep your eyes in mind when choosing food. Nutrition studies show that eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, and Vitamin C can all contribute to healthy eye function. So the next time you feast your eyes on a delicious grilled salmon, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or even a side of kale (the latest craze in healthy vegetables), you can rest assured that you’re doing your eyes a favour.

You may also be happy to know that there is some truth to the old legend that carrots are good for the eyes. The small amount of Vitamin A which is found in carrots is proven to contribute to healthy vision. However, Vitamin A can also be found in milk, eggs, and liver.

Even when you aren’t experiencing an eye problem, it’s never too early to start taking care of your eyes. Keeping an eye bath as part of your house-hold first aid kit could prevent long-term damage to the eye (if your eyes are accidentally exposed to harmful chemicals) and booking a regular check-up with your eye doctor may uncover early signs of vision impairment or eye disease. This can give you a better chance of making a full recovery in the event of an eye accident or maintaining your vision well into old age.

Even daily habits like the way we eat and sleep can have a knock on effect on your eyes’ health. So, don’t wait to start incorporating eye care into your daily routine. Taking proactive steps to take care of your eyes today could help them to see more clearly for years to come.

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