Eyes are an asset but have become a liability due to their poor health. Let us begin with the story of a teenage boy and end with tips to maintain eye health.
Tintin was a 16-year-old boy. The moment he woke up in the morning, he searched for his glasses. That thing sat on his nose from his early ten and it was believed to stay on his nose for his life. Though he got used to wearing it all day, sometimes he felt insecure about the way he looked. His glasses got thicker and thicker as he grew older. Now, one could see layers of glasses before his large rather small appearing eyes. Months back his eyes were bloodshot and aching owing to increased screen time.
Things are not the same anymore; he was an outdoor person involved in various physical games. But now he has become an indoor seeker not because he likes to study but due to his inability to have clear vision during his play. Last year he had broken his glasses and injured his eyes while playing. He suffers from nearsightedness or myopia, inability to see distant objects.
Not only Tintin but also all chashmish suffer from this stigma. It becomes important to know about health and how to take care of our eyes. As the generations proceed, technological dependence has increased so one’s screen time; be it work from home or online classes or net surfing or watching reels or other entertainment videos. All have added to the stress, loneliness, depression and nevertheless eye ailments. One interesting observation is that we always try to find a solution to a problem and not how the problem can be curbed or prevented. And then sell the solution to make business. Likewise for increased screen time companies put forward their solution ‘ARC Blue’ meant to relax eyes for long in front of screens. I am not against it. It is a very useful solution. But the sad part is no one advocates minimal screen time.
Nevertheless, we would see here how to maintain eye health and eye ailments.
Why should I care about my eyes?
Eyes are one of the most valuable gifts of God, to witness other creations of God. Remember when NASA astronauts first time landed on the moon they had seen the moon’s surface, the earth and other planets from the moon they used their eyes to witness them. Can you close your eyes and see your beloved without them being present? This is because you have seen them in person. However, we are so unconsciously dependent on our eyes that we forget we have one. Can you realise you are using your eyes to read these words? All the things we do in our waking state, our eyes are employed every time and every dream that we see is an animation of the pictures captured during waking.
To understand a person, look at his eyes, everyone has heard these words at least once during their lifetime. A few popular sayings say ‘ eyes tell more stories than mouth could ever tell ’ or ‘eyes don’t lie’. Every war, every betrayal that an individual has ever faced is seen through one’s own eyes.
But eyes do fall sick that is they need care and attention and here comes the ‘eye health’. It is true that vision deteriorates with age but not the way it is now. The majority of the demography suffers from some kind of eye illness.
Recent studies show that 30 per cent of the world’s population is nearsighted or myopic and by 2050, it is estimated that 50 per cent of the world’s population would be myopic. Just imagine 50 per cent of the population!
How to take care of my eyes?
Now if you have convinced yourself to take care of your eyes, then here are some great ways to do so:
1. Take proper sleep and rest
Let your eyes get enough rest, is the easiest thing you can do. When we sleep, our body is in repair mode so do our eyes. And proper sleep means sleep during the night (sorry night-owls) and working in daylight. This would give long term benefits.
2. Maintain a good posture
Yes, maintaining a good posture is beneficial for your eyes and also your overall health. Yes, I am telling you, my lay readers. Eyes have cylindrical and spherical power, when you read or see something your eyes muscles experience strain that might lead to overall restructuring of your eyes. Sit upright and keep a good distance from your screen.
3. Rule 20-20-20
The 20-20-20 rule is easy to remember and follow, it goes like this;
- Every 20 minutes look away from your screen at an object that is 20 feet away for more than 20 seconds.
- Blink your eyes successively 20 times at one go to prevent dryness.
- For every 20 minutes of screen time, take 20 steps. This would improve posture and blood circulation.
4. Work in a well-lighted room and keep proper monitor distance
Not too bright and focused nor too dim. In your room, don’t use LED light bulbs, use LED tubes.
Bulbs have focused lighting but light tubes have diffused lights.
Keep your computer screen at an arm’s distance away from you and below 20 degrees from your eye level.
5. Eat healthy and drink enough water
Make sure your diet contains enough leafy green vegetables, carrots, fruits, fish, eggs, nuts, and water. Beta-carotene, Lutein, Omega-3, Lycopene, and Vitamins C, A, and E are essential for maintaining your eye health.
6. Increase outdoor activity in day or sun time
This can be achieved simply by spending some time or brisk walks on the terrace or roof during sunset or sunrise as one can’t step out of their home. Or if possible involve yourself in yoga asanas and exercises.
7. Wear proper eye wears for various activities
Clean your eyewear regularly. Use proper eye gear for various activities. Wear sunglasses when in the sun.
8. Avoid smoking, better if you can quit
Smoking makes you prone to age-related macular degeneration and other eye conditions such as cataracts. Smoking can also damage the optic nerves, which can have adverse effects on your vision over time.
9. Regular eye checkup
Regular means after every 6 months or annually which helps in detecting if there are any ailments.
These were some ways to maintain good eye health. Continuing them would give eyes a long, healthy and clear vision.
Check out here on how to improve your eyesight.
Edited by Kanishka