It is not surprising to see people adopt healthy habits to keep up with the fast pace of the current lifestyle. While many succeed in implementing healthy changes, they tend to forget about the health of an important organ – the eyes. If you don’t take care of them, they will be susceptible to diseases like cataract, and problems that can affect your vision.
Foods that have great impact on your eye health and beauty;
1. Fruits (especially those rich in vitamin C)
– Fill up on oranges, mangoes and strawberries
2. Vegetable sources of vitamin A
– Eat more carrots, peaches, papaya, spinach and mangoes
3. High Zinc food sources
– Include turkey, chicken, yogurt and fortified cereals in your diet
4. Nuts and seeds
– Such as almonds, nuts, and sunflower seeds are rich sources of Vitamin E
For healthy eyes, try these natural beauty tips:
To rest and Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
Consistently getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night is beneficial. Any more or less can increase your risk for serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and even death. Getting enough quality sleep is also key to a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise regularly to improve circulation
One of the best ways to improve circulation is through exercise. This is because:
- Exercise is good for you anyway – it helps every bodily function.
- You will live longer if you exercise – there is a clear connection between exercise and heart and artery disease
- Exercise is cheap – it can even be free!
- Exercise can be sociable – and we all could do with more friends!
- Exercise reduces stress. Stress is a big factor in disease. Particularly when exercising to improve the arterial system – one of the top reasons to exercise – reducing stress is a big help.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
“Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal. Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough.
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive.
Do not rub your eyes
Rubbing your eyes may seem like a relatively harmless thing to do. Most of us do it regularly, whether we are suffering from hay fever or a common cold, or are just feeling tired and groggy. Rubbing stimulates tears to flow, lubricating dry eyes and removing dust and other irritants.
Rubbing your eyes can also be therapeutic. Pressing down on your eyeball can stimulate the vagus nerve, which slows down your heart rate, relieving stress
Use clean cotton balls and a cleanser to clean your eyes
Use 1 moistened, clean cotton ball to wipe each eye, starting at the bridge of the nose then wiping out to the corner of the eye. Wash the rest of the baby’s face with a soft, moist washcloth without soap.
Protect your eyes from sunrays by using sunglasses
Whether you’re beach bound in the summer or hitting the slopes in the winter, your eyes can suffer serious damage from UV rays. Just as we protect our skin from sunburns, we also need to make sure our eyes are protected as we enjoy outside activities.
Apply slices of cucumber and potatoes on your eyes
Use cucumber slices. Cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes, providing a fast “pick-me-up” for tired and puffy eyes. Place a slice over each eye, extending over the darkened area. Do this daily, coupled with lying down for 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.
- Slices of tomato or potato can also be used. Apply slices of tomatoes or potatoes under your eyes where the dark circles have taken place; all of these have natural bleaching properties.
- While applying tomatoes, mixing them with a bit of lemon juice and applying the whole solution on the dark circles can be even more effective than usual.
- When you opt for cucumber or potato slices, keeping them in the refrigerator before applying on your skin could be more beneficial in reducing dark circles due to the cooling properties of these items, which work in a method similar to a cold compress.
Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best.
Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to spot them early on, when they’re easier to treat.
Depending on your eye health needs, you can see one of two types of doctors:
Ophthalmologists – are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They can provide general eye care, treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgery.
Optometrists-have had 4 years of specialized training after college. They provide general eye care and treat the most common eye diseases. They don’t do eye surgery.
A comprehensive eye exam might include:
- Talking about your personal and family medical history
- Vision tests to see if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism (a curved
- cornea that blurs vision), or presbyopia (age-related vision changes)
- Tests to see how well your eyes work together
- Eye pressure and optic nerve tests to check for glaucoma
- External and microscopic examination of your eyes before and after dilation