Sunday, 1 December 2013



Eyes are considered as the most important human organ.  There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best.  Eyes can express emotions. Even though a person lacks the ability to talk, the eyes can speak for himself.  One of the simplest and most basic is to wash your eyes with cold and clear running water. It greatly helps your eyes to stay refreshed. Nutrition always makes a difference.  Eating fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as Carrot, Spinach, Kale, or Collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy.   On your diet, include foods that are rich in vitamins as these can make your eye healthier and appear brighter.  Engage yourself in an “anti-inflammatory diet”. Avoid eating red meat.  Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.  Also, keep away from saturated fats.  Alternatively, use monosaturated fats like olive oil.  Inflammation is at the base of many different diseases.  Eating foods that prevents inflammation as well as eating foods with antioxidants protects your eyes from these eye diseases including cataracts
and macular degeneration.

Protect your eyes from the sun.  Studies have shown that sun exposure is linked to the formation of cataracts and possibly to macular degeneration.   Wear eyeglasses that have 100% of both UV-A and UV-B protection.  Also, protect your eyes when playing sports or doing activities around the home using safety glasses, goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for certain activity.Get rid of those dark circles under your eyes.
With your eyes closed, place slices of cucumber for about 30 to 60 minutes.Avoid smoking.  Smoking increases the risk for having eye diseases and vision problems.  It damages blood vessels resulting to constriction and development of atherosclerotic plaques. Such condition can deprive your eye tissues with oxygen.

Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.For individuals who are usually in front of a computer screen or television, place cotton pads dipped in cold milled on their closed eyes for about 10 minutes.  Prevent stressing your eyes by sitting comfortably at your computer or television screens.  Make sure that the screens are positioned slightly below the line of sight and are not too close or too far from you.  If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued.  Try the 20-20-20 rule:  Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.  This can help reduce eyestrain.
For itchy eyes, massage your scalp with curd.Wash your face before going to sleep.  Get rid of all the makeup and dirt that could have adverse reactions to your eyes.  To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses.  Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.
Maintain a healthy weight, being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes
and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or laucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.You might think your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure.  A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.  Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy.  This is the most important and most proactive step that a person should take to protect his or her eyes.  This is most important especially for individuals with a positive family history of eye problems.
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