5 Ways to Protect Your Eyesight from Vision Loss

5 Ways to Protect Your Eyesight from Vision Loss

You’d have noticed a slight eye strain or dry eyes if you work for 10+ hours every day. And a good night’s sleep, splash of water and a few drops of artificial tears seem to make it right again. Well, you’d know about the changes in vision with age, where it alters the way you see, and even results in partial or complete blindness. Research proves that amid the rising cases of vision loss or blindness, around 80% of visual impairment cases are avoidable. With the right measures at the right time, eyesight and vision can be preserved! 

What are the early signs of vision problems?
Vision loss can be severe, rapid or gradual, affecting the eyesight over a period of time. In most cases, people experience gradual vision changes accompanied by: 

  • Pain in eyes 
  • Burning or gritting sensation in the eyes
  • Blurry or distorted vision 

This is usually caused by eye-related problems including: 

  • Glaucoma 
  • Dry Eye Syndrome 
  • Cataracts 
  • Macular Degeneration 

How can vision problems be prevented? 
Early detection of vision problems is the first step to their effective treatment and speedy recovery. Try adopting a few lifestyle habits to protect your eyesight: 

Have periodic eye exams: 
Getting a regular eye exam helps in timely detection of glaucoma or diabetic eye disease, which further helps in timely treatment. Make sure to schedule an eye exam every 2-3 years if you are under 50, and every year for those above 50, being more susceptible to health risks. 

Learn about your family history of eye problems: 
Genetic history plays a great role in the vision problems, be it in infants, children or adults. A few inherited eye diseases include cross-eyes, lazy eyes, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Whereas with regular eye exams and timely detection, these eye problems help in early treatment and can even be avoided. 

Healthy diet for healthy eyes: 
Maintaining healthy eyesight depends on having sufficient nutrients and vitamins. Try including foods rich Vitamin A, C, E like carrots, sweet potatoes, strawberries, oranges, mangoes and green leafy vegetables for good eyesight. A healthy, well-balanced meal with omega fatty acids boosts eye health, while giving a relief to dry eyes.

Must-do after screen time: 
Working or studying for long hours on the computer is a major cause for dry eyes, this also results in ‘tired eyes’ at the end of the day. To relieve the continuous strain from the computer screen and concentrated activity, adopt the 20-20-20 rule- every 20 minutes, look away at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Also, try blinking more or use artificial tears to reduce the evaporation of tear film that protects the cornea. 

Wear eye protection: 
If you are involved in activities like dealing with firearms, playing paintball, sports, drilling, sawing or hammering, make sure that you wear eye protection gear. Avoiding eye injuries can reduce the risk of vision impairments. Additionally, sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, while keeping them safe from cataract and macular degeneration. 

This World Sight Day, start taking good care of your eyes- they need it! 

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-10-07

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