Say ‘aye’ to eye health!

Say ‘aye’ to eye health! (27th Feb 2021): 

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Did you know that your eye colour is controlled by the level of melatonin in your iris? Brown eyes have more melanin and blue eyes have less. If you have blue eyes, then you share a common ancestor with every other blue eyed person in the world.

Your eye contains 107 million cells which are sensitive to light. 7 million ‘cones’ help you to see colour bad details. 100 million cells called ‘ ross’ help you to see better in the dark.

You blink less when you read ,which is why your eyes get tired quickly. On an average, you blink 17 times per minute, 142800 times in a 14 hour day and 5.2 million times a year.

We tend to take our eyes for granted. Most often we do not pay much attention to keep our eyes healthy. We wear fancy sun glasses and buy expensive eye makeup ,but we forget to take care of our eyes.

Some tips for healthy eyes :

Be active. Regular exercise can delay the onset of age related macular degeneration (the leading cause of permanent vision loss later in life)

Schedule eye exams. A comprehensive eye exam can detect serious problems like diabetes, before you even know they exist.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays which can be dangerous even on cloudy days.

Rest your eyes once every 20 minutes for 20 seconds while on your cell phone or computer to help prevent eye strain.

A diet rich in fruits, leafy greens and Omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce your risk of dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more

If you smoke, quit! Smoking increases your risk of cataract and other sight threatening diseases.

Drink water. Without enough water , you can’t produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and nourished.

Top eye vitamins are: Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A , Omega 3.

8 foods you want to feed your hungry eyes:

  1. Wild salmon
  2. Carrots
  3. Eggs
  4. Spinach and kale
  5. Bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts
  6. Sweet potatoes
  7. Oranges
  8. Oysters

We tend to ignore signs which are eyes might give us from time to time. Eye strain can present itself in several ways. Symptoms may include irritated, scratchy eyes, headaches and neck pain.

Dry eyes are also quite common . Symptoms include light sensitivity, irritation and a tired or a strained feeling in the eyes. Sandy gritty feeling in the eyes, excessive tearing or watering of the eye, burning and inflammation, fluctuations in vision especially with computer use, itching and eye pain and tenderness.

There are some home remedies for dry eyes which one may try . However, visiting an ophthalmologist should not be avoided.

For dry eyes: cut two slices of cucumber, place these over your eyes for half an hour. This is one of the most commonly used home remedies for dry eyes as well as for soothing tired eyes.

Lavender oils: add a few drops of lavender oil in a cup of warm water. Dip two cotton balls in the mixture and put these over your eyes.

Chamomile tea bags: dip the bags in hot water and dab cotton balls in the mixture after cooling and place them over the eyes for 20 minutes.

If you work till late at night or with computers, then you are prone to dry eyes and digital eye strain (Computer Vision Syndrome).

There are precautions which can be taken to prevent aggravating the problem further. Drink plenty of water during the day. Dehydration can cause dry eyes. Eat one tablespoon of dry roasted flaxseeds every day to keep your eyes healthy. Flax seeds, fish oils are high sources of Omega 3.

If we all follow the 20-20-20 rule, we can reduce eye strain considerably.

  • Take a break every 20 minutes
  • Look at something 20 feet away

For 20 seconds

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