We know that you love your HD- vision (with or without glasses), but don’t always know how exactly to make sure that your eyes are healthy and protected.
In this article we’ll focus on some great tips to help keep your eyes and vision happy.
Top tips for looking after your eyes:
- Invest in sunglasses:
UV-rays from the sun can damage our eyes, eyelids and can cause small benign growths (typically pterygiums or pingueculae) on our eyes. Not only will sunglasses protect your eyes from UV-rays, but they also ensure that the front surface of your eye and eyelids are being looked after. When buying your next pair of fashionable sunnies, try to invest in a pair that has 99 to 100 percent UV protection.
Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
- Put annual eye tests on your “To Do- List”:
One of the best decisions you can make is to prioritize your eye care needs. Eye tests once a year can pick up any visual problems earlier to ensure that appropriate management or treatment takes place as soon as possible. As they say: “Prevention is better than a cure”.
- Please don’t ignore changes in vision:
The popular belief that if you leave something long enough, it will go away is a very risky business. I highly recommend to take changes in your vision seriously.
Every change in vision will have a cause, it’s better to find out what the cause is sooner rather than later (linking to my little prevention quote in tip number 3).
- Know your family history:
Yes, this will involve speaking to your grandparents more (maybe even scoring some cookies in the process… WIN). The benefit of knowing your family history and telling your optometrist, will be that they’ll be able to keep a close eye on any risk factors or changes in your eye which will enable them to care for your eyes in the best possible way. Also, then your optometrist will be able to answer any questions that you have regarding any known family eye diseases.
- Quit smoking or never start:
This definitely sounds very challenging, but it’ll be a wonderful decision for your overall and ocular health. Some studies suggest that smoking increases the risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) later in life. Smoking can also make you more prone to dry eyes, which can be quite uncomfortable.
- Think safe, be safe and buy your contact lenses at a registered practitioner:
Now, I know this might sound silly, but contact lenses are medical devices.
Therefore, always buy your lenses from a registered optometrist (and only after they give you the OK to use them).
Avoid using/buying contact lenses at festivals or flea markets, as these contact lenses may not be safe for your eyes.
Winter eyes- don’t let the cold scare you:
As we’re entering these cold winter months, it’s important that we look after our eyes.
Winter air in our Gauteng-based areas can be much drier than we’re used to. In addition, air circulation from the aircon or heater can cause dry eyes that will give the sensation of ocular irritation and discomfort.
Drinking a lot of water with the use of eye drops can help improve the dryness and health of your eyes. If you’re not a lover of eye drops, you can also try omega-3-fatty acids. Not only will the omega-3-fatty-acids improve symptoms of dry eyes, but it’ll be able to assist with fertility, pregnancy, increased energy and healthier skin.
Protecting your kids’ eyes:
We know that your kids mean the world to you and therefore annual eye tests will be advantageous to your children’s ocular health.
An eye test is particularly necessary when noticing some of these signs listed below.
Signs to look out for:
- Frequent eye rubbing.
- Avoidance of reading/close activities.
- Tilting head to one side.
- Holding reading materials close to face.
- Eye turning in or out.
- Seeing double.
- Losing place when reading.
All of these tips and do’s and don’ts may sound daunting, but never fear when your optometrist is near.
Feel free to contact your friendly optometrist if you have any questions or concerns, after all we love to help.