Eye problems can be easily prevented if you practice essential eye care habits everyday. Surprisingly, they are very practical and easy to accomplish yet they tend to be the most neglected. To maintain your eye health and to keep your vision sharp, here are a few things you can do for your eye care that should be part of your daily routine.
Eyes are all muscle and it’s important to give these muscles a regular workout to keep them youthful. There are some basic exercises that will relax your eyes, prevent further eyesight deterioration and even help with tightening of age-related sags in and around the eye area. You can do these exercises whenever you want:
Sit comfortably. Close your eyes tightly and count to 5. Now open them and count to 5 again. Repeat this process of opening and closing your eyes for 5 seconds each time 5-7 times.
• Soak a soft hand towel in hot water and another in cold. Take the hot one, squeeze out its water and press it on your closed eyes gently. Massage lightly on the eyebrows, eyelids and the area around the eyes. Repeat the same with the cold towel. Alternate between the two a couple of times, ending with the cold towel.
• Squint strongly with only your lower eyelid. Release and squint again. Repeat 5-7 times.
D-I-Y Eyewash for Healthier Eyes
Homemade eye washes are the best way to relax your eyes, prevent ailments and even cure them without any medical intervention. They can help you get rid of everyday eye issues such as tiredness, irritation, strain and pollution, leaving your eyes refreshed. Eye washes also sooth eyes during infections and ailments like pink eyes. To apply the eye wash, you can use an eye dropper or fill a small cup with the eye wash and place it over your eye as you blink.
Here are some simple recipes for eye washes:
Saline Eye Wash You will need: 1 cup distilled water and 1 tsp salt. This truly simple eye wash can be made by mixing together distilled water and salt. This saline eye wash can be used safely several times a day.
Green Tea Eye Wash You will need: 1 cup Brewed Green Tea and ½ cup distilled (or boiled) water. Mix and make a solution. Use as other eye washes. There are things that you must keep in mind when using eye washes. Make sure there is no contamination and always use clean utensils and boiled or distilled water. Though eye washes are safe and recommended by ophthalmologists, in case of any serious eye problems do not use them without a doctor’s consultation.
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Avoid rubbing your eyes
The hands are exposed to a lot of dirt, dust and bacteria, and all of these can be easily transferred to your peepers each time you touch or rub them. So avoid putting your hands to your eyes to prevent infection and irritation. If the habit is so ingrained on you, make an effort to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Keep proper monitor distance and room lighting
Computer monitors should be positioned about an arm’s length away from the eyes and 20 degrees below eye level. This keeps your eyes from getting strained. Likewise, make sure that you have sufficient but diffused lighting in your room. Focused and too bright lights may result to glare, and this can put too much stress on the eyes.
Protect your eyes from the sun
Exposure to sunlight and UV rays increases your risk for age-related macular degeneration and may cause cornea sunburn or photokeratitis. So aside from making a fashion statement and adding oomph to your overall look, put on those sunglasses to protect your eyes. If wearing them is not up your alley, UV-protected eyeglasses or contact lenses will do. Putting on caps, visors and hats are also advisable.