Over 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured.
There are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best.
Today, on World Sight Day, we are once again providing awareness on eye health and how we all can avoid vision impairments.
Follow these simple tips for maintaining healthy eyes:
Schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year- You might think your vision is perfect, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure your eyes are healthy. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better. Also, many common eye diseases (e.g glaucoma), often have no warning signs. Hence, it is important to make a visit to the eye doctor part of your annual health goals.
Know your family’s eye health history- Many eye diseases or conditions are hereditary. It is important that you talk to your family members to ascertain if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk.
Give your eyes a rest- If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
Eat healthy to protect your sight- Not just carrots are good for your eyes, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Fish meals are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also very good for our eyes.
Avoid quacks and avoid self-medicating- You can't quantify the damage that can be done to your eyes by visiting quacks and self-medicating. That an eye drop worked for your friend does not mean it will work for you. Play safe and visit a professional for a comprehensive eye check-up and prescription, if deemed necessary.
Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly- To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.
Join the fight against avoidable impaired vision by taking care of your eyes first, then look around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable: young, school-going children, the elderly, those with diabetes; and ensure they follow these tips too.
It's #WorldSightDay, let's help promote the vision of #Eyecareeverywhere.