There is no denying that every next person you see has some or the other eye problem. It is one of the most exploited of our organs. And while we are not making time for our regular health, we keep taking our eye health for granted.
Dryness in the eyes, itching, recurrent irritation and such issues should not be taken lightly. Meanwhile, lifestyles in the "fast lane" poses threat to our eyes in the long term too. Increased exposure to screens, reduced blinking rates per minute and other ignored patterns can only make matters worse.
Want to prevent those scary doctor visits? Here are 5 simple ways to improve eye health at home:
1. Eat good veggies - spinach, carrots, broccoli, citrus
Naturally, viramins A, C and E; and minerals like zinc have anti-oxidants. When you consume them regularly, they prevent 'macular degeneration' (macula is a part of the eye that controls central vision). Colorful vegetables and fruits are good sources for those vitamins and minerals.
You can also try adding red peppers, oranges, lemon, stawberries, etc. in your daily diet.
2. Use 20-20-20 rule when using computers and phones
Our eyes undergo a lot of strain generally. But that strain can get crazy when people work on computers for long periods of time.
So the 20-20-20 rule is especially for all those heavy tech users out there.
What this rule means: at an interval of every 20 minutes, you should stop staring at your computer; and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
3. Massage your eyes gently
This is one of the ways to relieve the eye strain. It involves using clean fingers - and gently massaging the eyelids; the muscles above the eyebrows, and under-eyes and sides of your forehead (temples).
What does it do? It helps increase the blood circulation around your eyes - thereby relaxing the muscles around your eyes. It goes on to stimulate the tear glands as well - which prevents dryness.
4. Get protective eyewear
Using sunglasses from time to time helps. The goal is to prevent damage from the UV rays - because too much UV exposure can increase the chances of undergoing macular degeneration.
For all the Instagram scrollers, lovers of mobile screens and computer-users -- non-prescription glasses can be an added layer of defense against the damage-causing UV rays. We know people hardly blink when they're looking at 'really interesting' things.
5. Splash cold water regularly
Not directly in the open eye. Shortly after you wake up, before eating lunch and before going to sleep, splash cold water on closed eyes. Cold water tends to increase the blood circulation. Thus, it significantly reduces the strain of the eyes. If you don't feel like splashing, try dipping soft, clean cloth in cold water and place it on your eyes.