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Caring for your Eyes

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Part of a healthy lifestyle includes caring for our eyes. Like our skin, our eyes are exposed to the outside world and so need protection and support. This should start in childhood so that growing children learn healthy eye habits.

Children spend more time outside, generally with little or no eye protection. Their pupils are also larger than those of an adult allowing more light to enter the eye. Many people are not aware that eyes are as vulnerable to sun damage as skin and so children and adults alike should be encouraged to wear sunglasses. It is important that sunglasses have UV blocking lenses. Those endorsed by the Anti-Cancer Council are best. Apart from the risk of eye cancers, too much sun can cause cataracts and macular degeneration.

Regular eye examinations are another important mainstay of good eye health even for those people that do not require glasses or contact lenses. An eye exam isn’t just about measuring the accuracy of your vision. It’s also about establishing the health of your eyes. If there is a problem, early identification can make all the difference. Children should also have their eyes checked regularly.

You guessed it, smoking is bad for your eyes. There really isn’t anything positive that can be said about cigarette smoking. As far as eyes are concerned, smoking can cause cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.

A healthy diet, apart from protecting you against obesity and diabetes will also protect your eyes. Eyes love vitamins C and E, omega-3 fats (oily fish), zinc and lutein (a deep yellow pigment found in leafy green vegetables). Diets rich in these nutrients seem to protect people against age related eye diseases.

The last and perhaps one of the most important health issues for eyes is computer use. Staring at a computer for too long can cause eye strain, headaches, neck pain, blurry vision and dry eyes. Make sure to rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking around the room and take a 15 minute break every two hours. Position your computer so that the top of the screen is level with your eyes. In this way you will need to look down slightly at your screen. This will help correct posture problems.

If you experience dry eye symptoms while using your computer, you may find BioRevive’s Tears Again helpful.This is a liquid sprayed onto closed eyes that supplements the lipid layer, protecting the eye from moisture loss. This convenient and effective product is available from all good pharmacies or can be purchased directly through this website.