Over the past few years, people of all ages have been trying to take better care of themselves. Every day, learning more about effective ways to achieve better health and optimize our wellness routines. This is increasingly important because lifestyles are continuously changing, with busier schedules and high digital dependence. An essential component of self-care involves our eyes. After all, we rely on our eyes most of all, so we should take care of them at least as well as we take care of our teeth. Here are six easy ways you can be good to your eyes at any age.
1. Schedule regular eye exams.
Just like an annual physical with your health care provider, an annual eye exam helps detect eye conditions that may not have obvious signs or symptoms, and it can give a better understanding of your overall eye health. The American Optometric Association (AAO) recommends annual eye exams for both children and adults.
2. Start a daily eye hygiene regime
We brush and floss our teeth daily for a complete dental routine, but are we remembering to take care of our eyes every day? Cleaning the eyelids and lashes with eye wipes and hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser can prevent eye infections like styes and blepharitis from occurring. Using the Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Care Kit works to cleanse the ocular surface, remove harmful bacteria and naturally hydrate the eyes in three easy steps.
3. Wear sunglasses
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to eye problems later on in life. Wearing sunglasses with UV-A and UV-B protection while outside protects against long-term damage. Wearing hats can also add further protection, especially with children. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends wearing protective eyewear at an early age to minimize the damage UV rays can do to the eyes.
4. Eat eye-healthy foods
A balanced diet of fruits and vegetables with vitamin A, C and E is great for promoting healthy eyes. The retinas use vitamin A to turn light rays into images, while vitamin C helps tissue cells repair and grow. The AAO recommends incorporating foods like oranges, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, salmon, sardines, kidney beans and lima beans daily for a balanced diet.
5. Follow an exercise routine
At least 30 minutes of physical exercise a day has great benefits. Not only are you working to keep your heart and over health in good condition, but it can also benefit your eyes. Several eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma are linked to health problems, and regular exercise can limit their effects. Exercise increases blood circulation, which will increase oxygen levels in the eyes.
6. Rest your eyes
No matter how busy you are, your eyes need a break. To give them the rest they require, follow the “20-20-20” rule. This simple process involves pausing every 20 minutes to shift your focus away from your computer or other near work to instead direct your attention to an object that’s about 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Another great strategy involves using a theraputic eye mask or warm eye compress like the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress. This is very relaxing at the end of a long day, but you can do it any time that suits you. In fact, it’s a great way to alleviate uncomfortable dry eye symptoms during the day, and it will help rejuvenate your eyes.
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