I’m delighted to feature this article on eye care from Lilian Statham; as I spend practically every working day either glued to a computer screen or on the other end of a camera it’s particularly relevant for me! – Debs
Poet, painter, and print maker William Blake once proclaimed that the eyes were “the windows of the soul.” This description isn’t far from the truth. In actually, our eyes are akin to windows in that they are the way in which we see the world. Our vision not only helps guide us through life, but it also gives us a glimpse into the beauty surrounding us. As a result, we naturally put great stock in our ability to see what is around us. Because of the amazing things that our eyes do for us and allow us to witness, it would only seem just that we’d provide them with the best care possible. However, our eyes are one of the things that we neglect the most.
Whether you wear eye glasses, contact lenses, or have perfect vision, it’s important that you maintain your eye sight as you would any other part of your body. Similarly to getting an annual physical, it’s imperative that you undergo yearly eye exams, especially if you have problems with your vision. In addition, you should also wear protective eye gear when you play certain sports like squash where the opportunity for eye injuries are very high. If you do notice a change in your eye sight or are experiencing anything peculiar or unnatural with your eyes, you must see an eye care professional: remember you should be just as vigilant with the condition of your eye sight as you are with your teeth, heart, or any other aspect of your body.
Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Because your vision is a significant part of maintaining your health, it’s vital that you get your eyes examined on a regular basis. Eyecare experts recommend that you get your eyes checked every two years. Most people believe that eye exams are only necessary if you have vision problems; however, eye exams are like any other health examination as they can detect many general health problems and early signs of eye issues you may have even if you are unaware of the symptoms. If found early, these conditions can be treated before they become a major problem. Besides getting your eyes examined, you should also adhere to a diet rich in nutrients that will keep your eyes healthy. According to numerous studies, antioxidant vitamins found in certain foods have been connected to eye health and aid in the maintenanc
e of healthy cells and tissues in the eye. Vitamins found in fruits such as grapefruits, kiwis, and oranges and in vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, and green peas are very good for managing the health of your eyes.. Nuts, seeds, and dairy products are all also good sources of nutrients for the eyes.
Always Wear Protection
Although most contact sports require the use of eye protection, there are still many athletes who choose not to protect their eye sight. By not safeguarding your eyes while playing sports, you risk a multitude of eye injuries, some of which can even lead to blindness. In addition, you could damage your Acuvue contact lenses by not wearing adequate eye protection. Protecting your eyes off the court or field is just as essential. Just as you protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen, you must also shield your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Be sure to wear sunglasses on bright, sunny days and eye protection whenever you use indoor tanning units.
Lilian Statham is a blogger who writes for health and nutrition websites. She wears glasses and lives in London with her two-year old son and an English Bulldog named Tabitha.