How to care for your eyes

Close up of staring eyes 

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 healthy.

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 uncomfortable. Often, the instinctive reaction is to rub the eye or to try to remove the object. Unfortunately, this can often cause further irritation.

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 further damage if it’s not removed carefully. A split second of carelessness could lead to risks which 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.

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 or doctor as soon as possible.


Visit Your Optician Regularly

You may be under the impression that your vision is 20:20 or that your eyes are healthy. However, despite being small, 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. 

If any impairment of vision or signs of an eye problem is detected, you will be in the best position to get treatment or advice on how to prevent the condition from worsening from your healthcare professionals.


Getting Enough Sleep

Dry eyes are amongst  the most common eye complaints. 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 reduce moisture loss from the eye 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 weariness or puffiness.


Eat with your Eyes

Contrary to the popular expression, it’s actually good to keep your eyes in mind when choosing food. 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, 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 found in carrot, is proven to contribute to healthy eyes. In fact, 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 household first aid kit could help prevent long-term damage to the eye- especially if your eyes are accidentally exposed to harmful chemicals. Booking a regular check-up with your optician 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 stay healthy for years to come.