One of the greatest enemies of our eyes is the sun. Just like the skin, eyes are damaged by UV rays coming from the sun, whether it is overcast or a clear and sunny day. Sunglasses should always be worn in daylight hours when you are outside and you need to be sure that the sunglasses you choose offer UV ray protection. There are many sunglasses sold which are just tinted glass and do not really protect your eyes, they simply offer shade from the brightness. Check the label on your sunglasses before you buy them and be sure to wear them.
Reading, working on the computer and watching television really can harm your vision. When you are doing any of these things which require staring at one place for a long time, it is important to take frequent brakes and look at things farther away for a bit, and look around from time to time to offer your eyes a break and minimize fatigue. There are special films offered for computer screens to minimize the amount of harm done to your eyes from looking at the monitor for long periods of time.
Frequent check-ups with your optician will help keep your eyes healthy. If your eyes become a little weak, wearing glasses for a period of time can often strengthen your eyes back to the point where you no longer need them. If you continue to let your eyes deteriorate without visiting the eye doctor, the damage may be too great to reverse. Often, your prescription will change in a short period of time and it is important to keep on top of it to avoid further damage to your eyes.
Life Style and Eyes
Keep in mind that an athlete may still require protection against injuries during contact sports, no matter which type of vision correction he chooses. If there is any risk of being hit by a fast-moving ball or other object (as in racquet ball, squash, hockey, etc.), eye protection is highly-recommended, whether you are wearing contacts or not. A polycarbonate eyeguard will not distort vision.
While some manufacturers have developed contact lenses that offer protection from ultraviolet rays, many lenses do not. In any case, sunglasses or dark goggles should be worn to protect the eyes in sunlight outdoors, particularly in such sports as swimming, skiing or ice-skating where they may be a lot of glare.
Performers & Actors: Contact lenses on Stage
Contact lenses provide a double benefit to the active lifestyles of performers, who may need to change or enhance their appearance while dancing, acting or participating in dramatic activities that may be as vigorous as a major league baseball game.
Before colored contact lenses were available to the public, movie stars were using them to change their eye color. Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for Wait Until Dark in 1967, in which she played a blind woman, wearing lenses specially designed to make her appear so.
Computer Use and Eyes
Instead of starring on the silver screen, or slugging home runs out of Fenway Park, a great number of people spend the majority of their workday in front of a computer screen. By one estimate, nearly 90 percent of those people working at a video display terminal (VDT) experienced some form of vision problem as a result.
How do you tell if your symptoms are related to your computer use?
VDT-related symptoms occur some time after you start work. As the workday progresses, your symptoms will become more acute. What are the symptoms that are related to computer use?
- Difficulty focusing after working at a computer, with blurry or double vision.
- Eyestrain or eye fatigue
- Headaches or backaches
- Dry and/or irritated eyes
- Neck stiffness or discomfort
- After-images when looking away from the screen
- Sensitivity to lighting
- Muscle spasms
Are there environmental factors that could affect your symptoms?
Bright lights in your peripheral field of vision could add to discomfort or reduced visual performance. Reflected light on your computer screen can decrease the contrast of screen characters and possibly force you to assume an awkward position to see around the glare.
The location of your screen could cause awkward positioning.
To determine the cause of your symptoms, you should visit your eye care professional. Before going to your appointment, however, take note of the environment in which your symptoms occur and at what times they are greatest. This will aid your doctor greatly in the diagnosis.
If computer eyestrain is the diagnosis, there are simple methods to ease the discomfort:
- Don't focus on a single object for a prolonged period of time.
- Improve the lighting around your monitor.
- Blink often.
- Frequently close your eyes, then look far into the distance (down a hallway or out a window) every 15-20 minutes to relax them.
- Sit at least 18-28 inches away from the screen.
- Tilt the monitor slightly below eye level.
- Keep your screen dust-free to minimize visual interference.
Vitamins & Herbs For Healthy Eyes
For Red Irritated Eyes:
Eye Bright Solution:
- 2 tablespoons eyebright herb (Euphrasia)
- 2 cups of hot water
- 2 cotton balls
- Steep the herb in water for 3 minutes or until cooled. Strain. Dip a cotton ball into the liquid and wipe eyes. Reduces redness.
Improve Night Vision:
Mix together 30 drops of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) with 8 ounces water, drink 3 times a day. Or drink 2 glasses of blueberry juice a day.
Improve Weak Eyes:
- Drink a glass of carrot juice daily
- Place slices of cucumber over closed eyes for 15 minutes. Its cooling and refreshing to the eyes.
Reduce Swelling or Puffiness:
- Use green tea that has steeped for five minutes and cooled. Wipe the eyes with this solution several times a day. Drinking tea helps to deter cataracts.
Vitamins and Minerals For Eyes:
- Vitamin A - Improves night vision. Food Sources for vitamin A are dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, spinach, broccoli. Eggs, cheese and butter are also great sources.
- Vitamin B complex is good to reduce redness in eyes and can help eyes that are sensitive to light. Food Sources for vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin) are pastas, breads, milk, dark green vegetables, mushrooms, tuna, nuts, avocados, bananas, liver.
- Carotene allows the formation of visual purple in the eyes, which helps improve weak eyes. Good food sources of carotene are carrots, broccoli, cabbage and peas.
Eye Care Tips
- Take a vitamin diet to make eyes brighter. (papaya, eggs, fish, milk, cilantro etc.,)
- Wash eyes with cold water to get sparkling eyes.
- Put sliced cucumber over your eyes to treat dark circles.
- Put potato slices on your eye to get rid off those dark circles.
- Soak amla overnight in water and use this water the next morning to wash the eyes.
- Soak cotton in Luke warm milk and cover eyes with it for 15 min.
- To soothe tired eyes, dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Now relax completely.
- To completely relax the eyes and the surrounding muscles, close your eyes and think of something that is pleasant or soothing and at a distance. Now gently open your eyes and look into the distance. Next focus on an object at arm's length. Do this extremely relaxing exercise four or five times a day.
- If your eye twitches, or your eyes are red and feeling itchy, massage your scalp with curd. Soak 1 tsp. dry amla in one cup of water overnight. Next morning strain it through a muslin cloth and then add one extra cup of water. Splash your eyes with this solution each morning. This makes your eyes sparkle.
- For Puffy Eyes - Grate a potato with its peel and apply on your closed eyelids for about 20 minutes and relax completely. You may even take a nap.
- Wash your face before sleeping, and ensure that there is no make-up on your face before you sleep, because, make-up creams may spoil your face as it will be there for the whole night. It is better if no cream is applied. Wash your face before sleeping and if at all you want to apply any cream, just apply a night cream and none other than that.