Eye health is something we usually take for granted. When we stare at the TV all night long or watch movies on your tablets or laptops, we don’t consider how this habit will affect our eyes. The same applies to all those days out when you went out without your sunglasses even though it was scorching heat outside. It’s needless to mention that most of us use eye creams and eye drops only when we have to. To avoid various negative consequences that come with this irresponsible behavior, this article will list 5 easy eye health tips you should always follow.
Get eye exams regularly
Getting eye exams regularly seems obvious to you, but most people don’t go to a doctor to check their eye health. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 85% surveyed individuals identified eyesight as their most prized sense. However, less than half of them had had an eye exam in the past two or three years.
The most important thing you can do to improve your eye health is to get regular exams. Ideally, adults (particularly those over 40) should get eye exams on a yearly basis. Children should have their first eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age and continue having eye exams every two years until they’re 18.
Choose the right products
There are many different eye drops and creams on the market, and it can be quite difficult to choose the right one. However, to make sure you get the best out of your product and to avoid side effects you have to pay attention to what you buy and apply.
Let’s start with eye drops; they usually contain saline as the base ingredient and depending on the purpose, they can also contain medications, artificial tears and so on. Nowadays, eye drops have many uses, and the first thing you should consider is why you need them. There are special eye drops for dry eyes, for allergies and irritations or even eye drops for cataracts and as a treatment after surgeries. If unsure what eye drops you need, consult your doctor who will help you choose the right product.
Then we have eye creams. Just like eye drops, they have many uses and not all of them are created the same. The best eye cream is usually the one that contains a wide array of active ingredients that target specific problem and solve it successfully. Also, you should opt for products made by the manufacturer who also provided results of clinical trials that prove claims made on the label are science-based. Furthermore, you should stay away from eye creams that contain irritating ingredients and synthetic fragrances.
A healthy diet is crucial in maintaining good eye health. For example, Science Transitional Medicine study conducted by Lois Smith and the team of researchers from the Harvard Medical School showed that Omega 3 fatty acids prevent diseases caused by abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina.
Omega 3 fatty acids are primarily found in salmon and other fatty fish and seafood. Other foods you should eat for eye health include:
- Dark leafy greens
- Orange pepper
- Egg yolks
- Black Currants
Tackle wrinkles and dark circles
Since we’re talking about eye health, we can’t skip area around your eyes as well. This area lacks sebaceous glands which are why fine lines and wrinkles appear around your eyes before they do on other areas of your face. Fine lines and wrinkles can appear due to the natural aging process as well as long-term sun exposure and unhealthy lifestyle. But, they aren’t the only problem that affects this specific area. Dark circles are one of the biggest enemies to women around the world. Some causes include:
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Impaired collagen production
- Rubbing or scratching eyes
- Not getting enough sleep.
The best way to tackle wrinkles and dark circles is with eye creams. In point two, we’ve mentioned you should make sure your eye cream has non-irritable ingredients. It’s highly important to buy products made by reputable brands. This way, you’ll look younger, have healthier skin around eyes and you’ll avoid allergic reactions and irritations. For example, Genucel eye cream is a type of product you should go for – natural ingredients, positive customer feedback coupled with an extensive list of clinical trials that support claims made by the manufacturer.
Give your eyes a rest
If your job includes spending a lot of time at the computer you sometimes forget to blink which leads to fatigue. To avoid this, you should try 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look away about 20 ft in front of you for 20 seconds. This simple exercise reduces eyestrain and prevents fatigue.
You shouldn’t take your eye health for granted. Your vision is precious, and you should pay special attention to it. In this article, we’ve listed five easy tips for better vision and youthful under-eye area. Remember, better safe than sorry.
Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and writer on beauty related tips and articles. She is very passionate about health and beauty. She has posted articles on skin care, weight loss, and celebrity beauty news. In recent years, she had the opportunity to review the LifeCell review. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening to music.