People often call eyes the windows to the soul. But what exactly do we see when we gaze into the eyes of another person? In fact, the eyes do provide lots of information about another person’s emotional state. Then if the eye is the window into the soul, the pupil is—quite literally—an opening into the eye. The eyes allow us to perceive, interpret colors, shapes, dimension and the distance of an object. The eyes are essential for people to connect with their surroundings and see the beauty in it.
World Sight Day is observed every 2nd Thursday of October annually, an event that aims to draw attention to vision impairment and blindness. In time with this, we are listing down some tips on how to take care of one of our precious gifts, our eyes.
Preserve your vision in 4 simple steps.
- Eat Healthy
Maintaining good eyesight starts from the food we take. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables but low in saturated fat and sugar and helping yourself with at least 3 servings of food rich in Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, lutein and fatty acids each week will surely make a difference. A healthy diet also lowers the risk of diabetes which may lead to diabetic eye disease or glaucoma and vision loss.
- Wear sunglasses and proper eye protection.
Depending on what activity you are doing, it is important to guard your eyes from obviously damaging factors. Direct sunlight speeds up the growth of cataracts so grab a pair of 100 percent UV light blocking shades whenever outdoors to shield your eyes from sunlight and harmful UV-A and UV-B rays. Wearing sunglasses also protects the eyelid skin to avoid wrinkles, skin cancer around the eye and non-cancerous and cancerous growths on the eye.
Always wear eye protection whenever playing sports, doing repairs around the home, cleaning or any other activity that may cause eye injury.
- Give your eyes a rest
Eye fatigue results from simply focusing your eyes on anything for a long period of time. Though, there’s no proof that it worsens a person’s eyesight, it may cause pain in or around the eyes, blurred vision, headache, and occasional double vision. To help reduce the strain, apply the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your work every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Have a comprehensive eye check
It is highly recommended to have a comprehensive eye examination every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors and whether you are currently wearing corrective lenses. However, if you are already noticing a difference in your vision, then it’s best to book an eye check soon. A comprehensive eye examination does not only determine the prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but helps detect any eye problems at the early stages when they are most treatable.