What if one day you wake up and are unable to see? Can you imagine how life would be without your eyes? Imagine being unable to see the beautiful colours around us? The beautiful shades of green and blue in nature, the fascinating colours of sunset and sun rise, the yellow spotted meadows and the gorgeous shades of autumn! Can you imagine how it would be if you couldn’t see your loved one’s faces, or their smiles and tears?
Our eyes are probably the most precious gift we have. They play a very important role in our day to day lives. Clear and good eye sight makes this world a better place to live in. Isn’t it important to look after them? As we age, a lot of changes occur within our eyes, and if we don’t look after them, we could develop serious problems in our eye sight – problems as serious as blindness.
Let’s not take our eyes for granted. Here are a few things you must do in order to protect your vision for the years to come.
Add Colour to Your Plate
Eating a well balanced diet not only helps us maintain a healthy weight, but also protects our eyes from various diseases. Research suggests that anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, zinc, lycopene, vitamins A, D and E can help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. So make sure your dinner plate has as many colours in it as possible. Eat tons of green leafy vegetables, nuts, carrots, berries and citrus fruits.
Rest Your Eyes
The internet boom has gotten all of us addicted to our smart phones, laptops, desk tops and tablets. Kids, teenagers and adults alike – are all constantly exerting their eyes looking at their gadgets. Spending long hours staring at a computer or a tablet can cause blurred vision and dry eyes. To minimize the adverse effect, use an anti-glare screen on your desk top. Keep the brightness levels on your tablets and smart phones on low. While working on a computer make it a point to get up from your chair every 20 minutes to walk around and look away from the screen.
Shield Your Eyes
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause significant damage to your eyes, wearing the right kind of sun glasses when out in the sun will protect your eyes from damage. You must use sun glasses that block UV rays. Contact lenses too block UV rays; however sun glasses offer better protection.
Get Regular Eye Check ups
Certain eye conditions have no symptoms and can only be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist. So it is important to get your eyes checked regularly in order to pick up such conditions early on.
These few measures will go a long way in keeping your eyes healthy. Protecting your eye sight is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your quality of life.