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Take care of your eyes

health and fitness Updated: Jul 17, 2011 02:44 IST
Hindustan Times
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Here are some tips on how to take care of your eyes.



1

Protect your eyes:

It’s important to protect your eyes from injury, foreign particles and any kind of strain. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or while engaging in outdoor activities. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times. Do not overstrain your eyes.



2

Wear your sunglasses:

Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 % of both UV-A and UV-B radiation and wear them even on cloudy days. Do not overstrain your eyes and never ever use ordinary sunglasses, as they do not generally come with sun protection factors. The absence of sun protectors can harm your eyes in the long run.



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3

Rest your eyes regularly:

Your eyes get strained when working on the comp or reading for long hours. The 20-20-20 rule is very beneficial in these situations: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This reduces eyestrain to a great extent.



4

Have a balanced diet:

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens, such as spinach, keeps your eyes healthy. Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and tuna, is also beneficial for your eyes.



5

Watch your weight:

Being obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, consult your physician. Regular exercise coupled with a healthy diet helps maintain body fitness.



6

Visit your doctor frequently:

Visit your doctor regularly and get a comprehensive dilated eye examination. When it comes to common vision problems, many people don’t realise they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. Besides, eye conditions like glaucoma and age related degeneration can be caught early with an eye exam.



HTC (with inputs from Dr BSR MURTHY, CMO and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Vasan Eye Care Hospital)