TIPS AND ADVICE

PROTECT YOUR EYE HEALTH BY TAKING THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

Protect your eye health by taking the following steps:

Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up to date and adequate for computer use.

Occupational glasses may be needed for some people with the syndrome. A single or bifocal lens, or tinted lens material, may help increase contrast perception and filter out glare and reflective light to reduce symptoms of eye strain.

Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.

Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.

Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor. Remember to blink often, which can help prevent dry eyes.

Rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Every two hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

WEAR SUNGLASSES FOR GOOD VISION:

There are two good reasons to wear sunglasses whenever you spend time outside in the sun: Sunglasses look cool. The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure increases your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration. When choosing sunglasses, be safe as well as stylish. Choose sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses work well to help reduce glare when driving.

When working on a computer, look away from the screen from time to time. Staring at a computer can cause headaches, blurry vision and dry eyes.

Exercise regularly to reduce age related muscular degeneration by up to 70 percent.

When outdoors during daytime, always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet.

Don’t smoke since smoking creates a greater risk of causing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye problems.

Get regular eye exams so that you can receive a professional opinion about your eyesight.

Do not drink too much caffeine as it can deplete your tear film and dry out your eyes.

Clean your hands and your contact lenses regularly to avoid the risk of infection.

Try and include seafood in your diet as they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help you protect against dry eyes.

Ensure that your diet contains plenty of green vegetables and these provide the necessary nutrients for the eyes.

Apple cool black tea bags over closed eyes to help you remove dark circles.

To relax your eyes, place cool cucumbers on them for a while.

When reading or working, blink frequently to avoid dryness of the eyes.

Wash your face when you take a break as it will not only refresh you, but cool your eyes.

Change your lens solution every day. Store lenses in fresh solution only.

Your eyes need as much rest like you. Eight hours of sleep is what they need. Adequate rest will also ensure you don’t wake up with tired, puffy eyes.

Drinking a good amount of liquids helps preserve the viscosity of the fluid in the eyes.

Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and berries are high in vitamin C, which may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

For sunken eyes, soak almonds overnight and have them with a glass of milk.

To reduce puffy eyes, place a rounded spoon in the fridge for a few minutes. Once cold, pull it out and hold it against the puffy portion.

Airplane air quality tends to be drier and more irritating to the eye. Use rewetting or lubricating drops in your eyes before boarding.

Be sure your optometrist or ophthalmologist knows about what’s medically relevant.

Help keep your eyes healthy and disease-free by snacking on sunflowers seeds, which are excellent sources of vitamin E and zinc.

Make sure you are in a well-lit area for any reading or eye-related activity that you are doing, even if it is on a computer screen.

Don’t just protect the eye itself. Try and use sunscreen on the sensitive area around your eyes.