Eye Care: Information on looking after your eyes, eye examinations, equipment used in testing your eye health and lots more.
A regular eye routine is just as important as daily tooth brushing and other regular health care and hygiene habits.
However, very few of us understand or practice eye care basics.
Consider adopting this vision care routine:
1. Get plenty of sleep.
2. Take a daily vitamin supplement.
3. Wear sunglasses to protect against UV damage and also to safeguard your eyes from grit and foreign objects.
4. Avoid dehydration and exhaustion.
5. Take regular breaks from reading and computer work.
6. Wash your face thoroughly but gently every morning and night.
7. Do not use personal care products that irritate your skin or eyes, even if mildly.
8. Old fashioned eye care remedies to reduce puffiness and bags such as sliced cucumbers really do work. Take time to lie in the bath or a dark quiet room with slices over cucumbers and just rest and refresh.
9. NEVER go to bed without removing ALL eye make-up with a gentle, non-irritating cleanser.
10. DON’T SMOKE!!
11. Use safety glasses when doing DIY or shop projects of any kind. Even yard wok or mowing the lawn can be risky for your eyes.
12. Don’t wear contact lenses for more than 12 hours at a time, maximum.
13. Don’t rub your eyes.
14. Use “natural tear” type eyedrops – not the ones that constrict blood vessels. It is ok to lubricate your eyes but not to stop natural blood flow. If you think you need “medicated” drops you should get your eyes checked. (For example, Systane or Refresh are good.)
15. NEVER use expired eye drops. Also, discard eye drops if you have used them for infected eyes. Do not share eye drops.
Regular check-ups (every year if you are older, every two years otherwise) may seem unnecessary but in fact they are essential.
All that stuff the dentist tells you about how “an ounce of prevention being worth a ton of cure” is even more true for the eyes than for the teeth.
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