I started wearing specs from just before my 12 th board exams.Whether it was my book reading habit or my food habits it was a surprise.As you can guess the first pair of corrective glasses were a full cover, perfect prescription glasses, which didn’t care about style.I was worried.Could I be a doctor?Could I be a surgeon?
I have good news. Yes is the answer to both.Your eyes are an important part of how happy and healthy you are .They are a mirror to your soul and also to your health.Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stress, poor diet all can dim your lovely eyes .
These are my 12 eye care tips for keeping your lovely sparkling eyes sparkling forever.The lessons which I learned from med school and life!
#1 Be careful of your screen time.
#2 If you use spectacles or contact lenses get your eyes checked regularly on time.
#3 Contact lens care should be diligently followed.Avoid going into the pool with your contact lens on.Its better to wear specs if you are planning on bursting crackers.Smoke and particulate matter can make an eye wearing contact lens have serious problems.Keep your hands clean while putting on and taking of contact lens.Avoid touching them while traveling and with unwashed hands.Never sleep with your contact lens on.Always blink often when you wear contact lens.Use the best type suitable for your eyes and condition.I prefer disposable ones.
#4 Avoid expired makeup for your eyes.It can cause serious problems.
#5While using your computer follow these tips to avoid computer strain.It affects a lot of other things not just your eyes.
#6 Follow Lifestyle rules to prevent avoidable blindness.Diabetes is a major cause of avoidable blindness.It can spoil not only your eyes but every part of your body.
#7 Stop smoking.This helps in slowing down the age-related eye changes.
#8 Maintain the right body weight.Did you know obesity can change your refractive error?Children have changing refraction due to growing age, but this gets worse with fluctuating body weight and childhood obesity.Adults with the problem of obesity may be at risk for diabetes and have a higher risk of fluctuating eyesight.
#9 Have food rich in eye-friendly nutrients.Eat right and keep your sight right!
There is research backed scientific evidence to show that antioxidants in diet will help to reduce risk of age-related eye diseases
Nutrients for eye #BuildingBlocksofNutrition
Most important are vitamins C and E, β-carotene, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.
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Egg yolk and maize (corn) have highest mole percentage (% of total) of lutein and zeaxanthin (more than 85% of the total carotenoids). Maize is the vegetable with the highest quantity of lutein (60% of total) and orange pepper is the vegetable with the highest amount of zeaxanthin (37% of total). Significant amount of lutein and zeaxanthin (30-50%) were also present in kiwi fruit, grapes, spinach, orange juice, zucchini (or vegetable marrow), and different types of squash
The best idea is to include different colored fruits and vegetables consumed to increase dietary lutein and zeaxanthin.This article is very helpful.
A balanced healthy diet includes a variety of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, pulses, lean meats(organic and grass fed is best), fish, nuts and plenty of water.
These are the sources of the many vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight against age-related eye problems, lifestyle diseases cancer and cardiovascular disease.
#10 The backstory about your family’s eye health can help your doctor understand your problem better.Some eye conditions are hereditary.So you need to know the conditions which you are at higher risk for.This helps in modifying lifestyle accordingly.An important lifestyle condition like diabetes has serious eye conditions associated with it.If your family has a history of diabetes, take care to eat right, exercise and get health check-ups regularly which includes eye tests.
#11 Buy those pretty shades: Your sunglasses are not only your style statement but also helps protect your eyes against harmful ultraviolet rays.Look for ones that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV B ultaraviolet rays.They are necessary expenses to keep your eyes healthy and strong.
#12 Rest those beautiful eyes.Look at green plants, meditate, splash water and don’t forget to breathe deep.Avoid stress to your eyes .Theres a lot more to see!
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Published online 2013 Jun 19. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S45399 Pubmed
2)Nutrients for the aging eye
Helen M Rasmussen1 and Elizabeth J Johnson2 Pubmed
3)Fruits and vegetables that are sources for lutein and zeaxanthin: the macular pigment in human eyes
O. Sommerburg, J. Keunen, A. Bird, and F. J G M van Kuijk Pubmed
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