Because we use our eyes by default, many of us often overlook the importance of our eye health or take our eyes for granted. However, taking care of our eye health is more critical than ever, especially with today’s skyrocketing average screen time that affects all ages.
In this blog, we will talk about eye disease risk factors and various ways to maintain our eye health.
Higher Risk for Eye Disease:
Many eye diseases are age-related. The risk increases for those over 55 years old, but that doesn’t necessarily mean our younger population is free from the danger. Those with obesity are also at higher risk of experiencing an eye disease. Also, some eye diseases are genetic, which means it is essential for everyone to understand family medical history.
Eye health is closely related to one’s lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to care for our eye health.
– Balanced Diet – Leafy vegetables and fish high in Omega-3 are great for eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in various seeds and nuts like flaxseeds, hempseeds, and walnuts, as well as in fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
– Regular Exercise – What does exercising have to do with eye health, you ask? Regular exercise helps control diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol level, all of which can lead to eye problems.
– Avoid Smoking – We all know smoking is bad for your lungs. But did you know smoking can increase the risk of eye problems such as dry eyes, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and more? Protect your eyes, lungs, and overall health of yourself and your loved ones by quitting smoking!
– General Hygiene – eyes are susceptible to infections caused by germs and bacteria around us. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. It’s a good habit for not only your eyes but also for your overall health!
– Good Night’s Sleep – lack of quality sleep can cause dry eyes, eye spasms, swelling, and broken blood vessels.
Screen Time Tips
– Adjust brightness on your screen
– Keep the screen within 20-24” from your eyes
– Blink frequently
– Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes of screen time, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
– Apply eye drops accordingly to relieve dry and irritated eyes.