Our eyes are always there for us. They accompany through day and night. Whether we go to school, work, parties, or wherever else – they make sure that we capture every moment of it. It is because of our vision that we can do so many things. We can meet new faces, write letters, appreciate a work of art, create a work of art, and see everything the world has to offer. They say that the eyes are the window to the soul but they are also the window to opportunities. Many doors open up for us – new ones everyday, even – and we can seize them because we see them. Again, our eyes really do take good care of us. They let us experience the world in a whole different way. But are we sure that we can say the same for them?
Tell me honestly, when was the last time you thought of your optical health? Have you ever considered the conditions you put your eyes under each and everyday? I think not. After all, we’re too busy living life to pay attention to the “measly” details. What we really do fail to see, however, is that we won’t be living the same quality of life we have now if it weren’t for our good vision. Surely, you have a friend who wears glasses. You might even know people who have become permanently blind or have been blind since birth. Have you ever tried to talk to them about how it’s like living in darkness? Have you ever asked them what it’s like to see nothing but pitch black nothingness?
If you haven’t, then you should. If you don’t have friends like that, then at least read some material on it. There’re a lot of informative articles and studies that can show you what it’s really like to live in the dark – make sure you have ample light when you’re reading though.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that all of you reading this right now (and me who wrote it) are very blessed to have good vision. Not everyone can enjoy that kind of privilege. If you still have both eyes fully-functioning, you should be grateful enough to take good care of it. If you’re not too sure how, then by all means, allow us to help you.
Here are a couple of tips on how you can take better care of your eyes. Don’t worry; they’re not that difficult to follow – even a kindergartener can do it! If you have kids at home who are fond of using mobile devices and computers encourage them to practice the following too:
1. Eat Food Rich In Vitamin A
Like carrots! Vegetables and fruits often contain a good amount of Vitamin A so including them in your diet is highly encouraged. This doesn’t mean you’re strictly limited to eating salads all the time though. If you’re creative enough, you can whip up lots of dishes using ingredients that are rich in Vitamin A. For the kids, try to make vegetables like carrots easier to swallow (I know I hated it when I was young). Make it into pies, desserts, or fresh shakes. Bring out your inner chef! By the way, here’s a cool list of eye-healthy food: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321226.php.
2. Massage Your Eyes Gently After You Wake Up and Before You Go To Bed
The muscles around your eyes can accumulate a lot of stress during the day. After all, you have to stay awake for a very long time and you’re blinking every 4 seconds or so. Massage gently in a circular manner – clockwise and counter-clockwise. Go around your eyes. Do this twice a day, everyday. This should help your eyes relieve some stress.
3. Don’t Sit Too Close To LCD Screens
I’ve said this earlier but sitting too close to devices that emit radiation is a no-go when it comes to eye health. Sit at least three meters away from the TV. When using computers, you must avoid slouching too close to the screen. Make sure you get ample lighting in the room as well. When you’re vision is starting to fade or blur, make sure you get tested. When I found out my vision was getting bad, I searched for the closest eye exam near me. That’s how prompt you should be too!
4. Sleep Early
Sleep is fundamental to almost every part of our bodies. Our eyes need rest after working for us the whole day. Make sure you get 6-8 hours of rest on a daily basis. This will help your cells regenerate and recuperate. Trust me; you’ll feel better.