There are thousands of cleaning products for every part of your body to make sure that hygiene is an important part of your life, but how often do you think about applying that same hygienic attitude towards your eyes?
Are you taking care of your eyes the way that they deserve to be taken care of?
Here are six tips for keeping your eyes healthy that you can apply to your life right now.
1. Eat Your Carrots
The age-old adage from your parents, “eat your vegetables or you’ll go blind,” wasn’t just a catchy saying to get you to finish your dinner. It’s a scientific fact.
Carrots, along with many other vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, and apricots are high in vitamin C which strengthens the carotenoids in your eyes and preserves your vision.
2. Quit Smoking
This may seem like a no-brainer, but smoking negatively affects your eyes as much as any other part of your body.
Both of these diseases can result in blindness, so if you are a smoker, quitting should be the very first step to preserving the health of your eyes.
3. Limit Screen Time
According to a study done by Penn State University, the average American spends more than 10 hours a day looking at a screen of some kind, whether it be computer, TV, or smartphone:
Staring at the screen for too long can cause:
- Irritation of the eyes
- Excessive dryness of the eyes
All of these are counter-productive in the fight to keep your eyes healthy.
The best recommendation to combat these symptoms is to adjust the lighting around you to match that of the screen you’re looking at.
Plus, follow the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen you should focus your eyes on an object 20 or more feet away for 20 seconds.
This will help stretch the muscles in your eyes and keep your eyes from becoming fatigued.
4. Remove Your Makeup Nightly
Excess debris from your makeup can irritate your eyes, causing redness and dryness within and around the eye.
Make sure to clear all makeup from your face before bed to avoid unwanted complications with your eyes.
5. Wear Sunglasses
Getting that bright sunlight in your eyes can cause temporary loss of vision, and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, and blindness.
6. Wash Your Hands
The following is a simple but effective tip for any situation in life.
Washing your hands helps prevent the spread of disease and bacteria from one person to the next, and the same is true with our eyes.
Keeping your hands clean before touching your eyes or applying contacts can prevent harmful bacteria from entering your eyes, and is the number one way to prevent diseases like pink eye from affecting you.
It is also prudent to apply a warm compress to your eyes now and then to safely and hygienically remove excess dirt and bacteria before they do damage.