Our vision is important. We don’t realise just how much our eyes do for us every day. From letting us know that we are safe and well (if your vision goes blurry unexpectedly, it’s time to see a doctor), to sensing everything around us and keeping us within our familiarities (or not, if that’s your prerogative), our eyes are put through their paces every single day. Let’s try and take the best care of them.
Go For Regular Checkups
If you are not registered with either an optician or an ophthalmologist, there is no time like the present to book an appointment and get yourself seen to. There is no need for the test to be invasive unless something is seriously wrong – in which case, it’s a very good job that you’ve gotten the appointment in the first place. Sight tests require you to tell the optician just what you can see. If you fail to meet the requirements of the eye test, they may suggest glasses, contact lenses or laser surgery, depending on how permanent you would like the change to be. If you opt for the latter, ask about what types of surgery are available to you and the precautions for after lasik eye surgery compared to normal laser surgery. The more you are informed about your choice, the more likely you are to make the right one.
Cut Out Technology
It’s hard in this day and age to cut out technology altogether; we use it for our work, for personal life and for recreation. However, this is no good for our eyes. More and more people are having to go and get their prescription changed more often than they were before because of how much time we are sat either staring into our smartphones or looking into a tablet/laptop. It takes a lot of effort for our eyes to readjust between focusing hard on something that’s on a screen and then look around the room that you’re in.
Drink More Water
Our eyes are made up of a lot of water. They constantly need to be hydrated; not just for tears, but for general mobility. The less you drink, the more likely you are to be prone to dry-eye or other optical issues. Remember to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and up this even more on hotter days. The more you replenish the water that your body is losing, the more your eyes will thank you.
Enter The Land Of Nod
Do we need any more excuses to take a nap? The more your eyes rest, the more they have time to recover and give themselves a break. Your eyes move even when you’re sleeping (if you reach the REM stage of sleep), but this doesn’t mean that they’re doing the same sort of activity as they do when you’re awake. It’s a lot; think about everything that you are looking at on a daily basis. You probably can’t remember it all, but your eyes are seeing 1 trillion different pictures every single year, if not more. Let them take some time off!