Today is World Sight Day, but we cannot take only a day to care for our sight, whilst, we cause harm to our eyes for 364 days. Misuse of makeup, phones, computers, smoke, smoking, diet, eye rubbing, UV lights are accomplice to poor vision.
This year’s theme is “Make Vision Count”. 80 % of the world’s blind are avoidably so. What can be done to prevent this?
Let us ensure that we pay attention to eye care issues that impact lives everywhere, both developed and developing economies. What’s the first thing you can do?
- Plan for an eye examination.
- Look around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable:young, school-going children, the elderly, those with diabetes.
We should also pay attention to our eyes and issues that affect our sight. We are exposed to several factors that could be damaging to our sights such as UV lights (from the sun and other sources), phones, computers, smoke, smoking, diet, misusing makeup, rubbing your eyes. What can be done to mitigate the effect of these factors;
- Phones and Computers:
– Avoid starring at the computer or phone screen for too long.
The 20-minute Rule
– Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.
– Use blue light filters: There are apps to reduce blue light from your phones and computers screens especially at night. Blue light which is emitted from digital devices contributes to digital eye strain.
- Eye health starts with a good diet. Nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish, Lutein found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, vitamin C in oranges or citrus fruits, other foods such as eggs, nuts, beans and the list goes on, might help ward off vision related problems.
- Quit Smoking: according to American Academy of Ophthalmology, “At any age, smoking increases your risks for developing cloudy vision from cataracts and central vision loss from age-related macular degeneration.”
- Use sunglasses to block UV light from damaging the eyes.
- Supplements & vitamins might help improve eye health. These are the top supplements/vitamins for eye health;
Vitamin C, Lutein, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Zinc, Zeaxanthin, Selenium, Calcium, Thiamin, Folic acid, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, N-acetyl cysteine, Alpha lipoic acid.
These can be found in a single product or individually.
Ensure you inform your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication, especially if you are taking other medications.
As we celebrate World Sight Day, we should learn to save our sight and help others who cannot afford to save theirs.