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Eye Eye Captain: Rules to Follow for Healthy Eyes

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We use our eyes all day, every day. From when we wake up in the morning to when we get our heads down at night. It’s easy to take good vision for granted, but we’re only given one pair of eyes, so it’s important that we look after them. Here are a few rules to follow to ensure healthy eyes from youth to your older years.

Monitor Moisture

Your eyes should be moist. Your tear ducts regularly produce small amounts of liquid, which is spread across your eyes each and every time you blink. However, excessively watering eyes are a problem that needs to be addressed, as they can indicate a health problem. Watering eyes are most common in babies and people over sixty years of age. Monitor moisture: if you notice that your eyes are continuously watering, or you find yourself repeatedly wiping tears from your cheeks, check in with your GP, who might book you in with an optometrist for a proper check up.

Book an Eye Test

Eye tests are an essential part of anyone’s eye care regime. It’s recommended that you book in at least once every two years. The process is cheap, fast and painless, so there’s no excuse to skip your appointments. An eye test will determine whether your vision is deteriorating or impaired. A professional will then be able to prescribe you lenses or contact lenses accordingly.

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Contact Lense Safety

If you need contact lenses, you need to be up to scratch with contact lens safety. Always follow the instructions given with your lenses to ensure safe use. Always insert onto your eye with clean fingers. This means washing thoroughly before so much as thinking of touching your lenses. If you use reusable lenses, make sure to clean and disinfect them properly following each use. Never sleep with your lenses in. Make sure to remove them before getting into bed.

UV Safety

We protect our skin from harmful UV rays, so why wouldn’t we do the same for our eyes? As summer months approach, remember to wear sunglasses or contact lenses with inbuilt UV protection. Harsh rays can damage your vision. As always, remember to never look directly at the sun.

Research your Family’s Eye History

Make sure that you are aware of your family’s health history. This includes eye health. If you are aware of any immediate members with ocular problems or impairments, inform your doctor, so they can regularly check for any deviations or issues with your sight. Certain conditions can be hereditary, so it’s always better to be aware of potential risks.

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Practice Workplace Safety

If you work in an environment with debris, make sure to wear eye protection at all times. Different forms of protection include safety goggles, safety glasses, safety shields and eye guards. If in doubt, consult your manager or employer to find out the best options for your field of work.

Eat Well

Eat a balanced diet with leafy greens, oily fishes, nuts, and eggs. All of these kinds of food are rich in nutrients, such as vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and xeaxanthin, which are all beneficial for visual health.
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