Our eyes can actually processes 36,000 bits of information every hour. It is one of the most important and busiest organs of our body and it needs special care. Hence, it is important that we include eye care in our daily routine. In this blog, we’ll discuss some simple tips that will keep our eyes in good shape for a long time.

1.     Start with a healthy diet:

A balanced diet helps ward off major eye problems. Studies show that nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, vitamins, etc. prevents diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.  Include a lot of green vegetables like spinach, oily fish, eggs, nuts and citrus fruits to keep you eyes disease free.

2.     If you’re a smoker, quit now!

Smoking puts you at a higher risk of cataracts, optic nerve damage, etc. Also, smoking not only causes damage to your eyes, but also increases risk of cancer and heart attack.

3.     The Sugar Factor:

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the world. A high blood sugar blocks the veins and eventually the blood supply to the eye. This results in diseases like glaucoma. Hence, it is important that you do a blood sugar check regularly. If you already have blood sugar, take steps to keep it in check.

4.     Don’t Strain Your Eyes:

Most of us have to spend a lot of time working on computers. Staring at the computer screen for a long time strains our eyes. So upgrade your glasses and contacts regularly according to your latest prescription.  You can also use an anti-glare screen. However, take small breaks in between work so that you don’t overstrain.

5.     Protect your Eyes from the Sun:

Prolonged exposure to ultra violet rays of the sun is not good for our eyes. Hence, whenever we go out in the sun, it’s good to use a sunglasses. While buying your shades make it is 99% UV resistant. Also, using a polarised glass cuts out the glare.

6.     Go for Regular Check Ups:

Vision problems can arise in any age. Regular eye check up will not only keep your power under check but also prevent it from major diseases. Also, if you have been prescribed glasses, wear it regularly. Otherwise, it may result in rapid vision loss.

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Many a times, it so happens, that in spite of being conscious of good health, we do not pay much attention to our eyes. Our eyes are precious and extremely sensitive. A thorough and methodical eye care routine not only keeps the eye in shape but prevent a lot of old age ailments.

Do you have a eye care tip to share? You can always write to us at manipalhospitals@gmail.com or leave a comment below. Also please let us know how you liked this blog or if there is any topic in particular, you want us to write about. We will try our best to help you with the information.

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