1. Never use old makeup
We often see patients experiencing discomfort because they applied outofdate eyeliner or makeup. Replace your makeup regularly and dont use mascara or eyeliner thats more than six months old. Sharing makeup and makeup brushes will also increase your susceptibility to eye infections.
2. Get some fresh air
Working in an air conditioned office or building can dry out your eyes even if you dont wear contact lenses, making them uncomfortable and itchy but a little fresh air will help.
3. Don t rub your eyes
If you have something in your eye, dont rub it. The best thing to do is lift the upper eyelid outward and gently pull it down to cover the lower lashes causing tears to wash the object out of your eye. Lens wearers should take them out and clean them thoroughly.
4. Sit 50 60 cm away from your screen
Make sure you sit about 5060 cm away from your computer screen and that there is no light reflecting off the monitor.
5. Get your eyes tested regularly
Its important to have a regular, comprehensive eye test because optometrists can diagnose not just problems with sight, but major health issues too, such as high cholesterol, liver damage and many others.
6. Wear sunglasses
Sunglasses help keep your eyes healthy by protecting them from UV rays ? not to mention being a musthave fashion accessory.
7. Take a break
If working for long periods in front of a monitor, try and take a break every 20 minutes to half an hour.
8. Drink plenty of water
Try and drink lots of water ? as well as being great for your skin it can improve the moisture balance in your eyes, especially in air conditioned offices.
9. Keep a healthy diet
Eating certain foods rich in antioxidants can keep your eyes in good health such as oily fish, nuts and green leafy vegetables. Other foods that help maintain healthy eyes are those containing zinc like red meat or rye oats, as well as strawberries, kiwis and oranges which are foods high in vitamin C.
Regular exercise ensures good circulation and oxygen intake, which is crucial if youre want to have healthy eyes. Combining a good diet with exercise should also ensure you stay a healthy weight, which is important because being overweight makes you more susceptible to diabetes, and that in turn can cause sight loss.
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