Henry David Thoreau once said, “The eye is the jewel of the body.” True that! Your eyes are your windows to the world. And that’s why it’s important to take care of them. Your lifestyle choices and everyday stress can lead to wrinkles, redness, dryness, puffiness, and dark circles. This can also cause serious issues and lead to loss of vision.
No, I have no intention of scaring you. I merely want to state that it doesn’t take a lot to care for your eyes. Following a few everyday habits can reduce the odds of eye problems and disorders to a great extent. Read on to know how.
Natural Eye Care Tips: Ways To Take Care Of Your Eyes
Incorporating a few habits into your daily lifestyle is all it’s going to take to care for your eyes. These are not unachievable or tough, but they can drastically improve your vision. Take a look:
Tips To Improve Eyesight
1. Get All The Essential Vitamins And Minerals
Include colorful vegetables and fruits like spinach, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potato in your diet. Also, consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These foods are the best sources of vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants and help prevent most eye problems and vision-related issues.
2. Always Wear Protective Eyewear
Whether you are working in your yard or playing contact sports, always remember to wear protective eyewear to avoid the risk of injury. Use eyewear made from polycarbonate. These are tough and can protect your eyes from accidents.
3. Sunglasses Are Important
Sunglasses are not just about style or looking cool. They play a huge role in protecting your eyes from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to sun rays causes many vision-related issues, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Choose sunglasses that block at least 99% UVA and UVB rays.
4. Avoid Touching Your Eyes Frequently
This is because it makes your eyes vulnerable to infection. Anything that irritates your eyes can affect your vision. You must always clean your hands before touching your eyes. Also, do not rub your eyes vigorously. This may result in corneal abrasion (or scratched cornea). If something has gotten into your eyes, wash them with a sterile saline solution. And if the problem persists, rush to the doctor immediately.
5. Be Aware Of Your Family’s Eye Health History
This is important because some eye issues, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal degeneration, and optic atrophy, are hereditary. Knowledge of your family history can help you take precautions.
The tips mentioned above will help you take care of your vision and eyes. However, the area around your eyes should not be ignored. Here are some tips to keep your eyes and the area around them beautiful.
Home Remedies For Beautiful Eyes
For Dark Circles
6. Use Tea Bags
Apply cool tea bags over closed eyes. Don’t use herbal tea bags because most aren’t as effective as the black tea bags.
7. Chilled Cotton Balls
Dip cotton balls in cold water and keep them on your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
8. Sliced Cucumber
Cucumbers work wonders for tired eyes. Place two slices of cucumber over your eyes and rest for a while. They not only have cooling properties but also help lighten dark circles.
You can also extract cucumber juice, dip cotton pads in it, and place them on your eyes.
9. Tomato, Turmeric, Lime Juice
Mix a teaspoon of tomato pulp with a pinch of turmeric and half a teaspoon of lime juice. Apply on the eyelids and around the dark circles. Let it dry and then wash it off.
10. Almond Oil And Lime Juice For Beautiful Eyes
Alternate hot and cold compresses on your eyes for 10 minutes and then apply a mixture of a teaspoon of almond oil and half a teaspoon of lime juice. Let it stay overnight.
11. Rose Water
The rejuvenating factor of rose water is extremely useful in diminishing dark circles. Dip cotton pads in rose water and place them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Do this every day to get rid of dark circles.
For Sunken Eyes
12. Almond Oil And Honey
All you need is the combination of a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of almond oil. Apply the mixture to your under-eye area before going to bed. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.
13. Raw Potato Juice
This is also equally effective in treating sore eyes and dark circles. Place two slices of potato on your eyes for 10 minutes or apply raw potato juice to the under-eye area, and you will notice the difference within a few days.
For Puffy Eyes
14. Cucumber With Basil Tea
I know how much you hate waking up each morning with puffy eyes. This can be cured with basil tea and cucumber juice. Mix the two and pour the liquid into the ice tray. Place the ice cubes on your eyes.
15. Cold Compress
Use cold water or ice cube bags to make cold compresses. Place them on your eyes and repeat until the puffiness is gone.
16. Tea Bags
Soak two tea bags in warm water and then cool them in the fridge for a few minutes. Place them on your eyes for several minutes. Your eyes will feel refreshed. This is because tea contains tannins that are excellent in reducing puffiness.
Most of us work have to stare at a computer screen for as long as 8 to 9 hours at a stretch. This often puts a strain on your eyes. At the end of the day, often, your eyes feel tired and dry. If this is the case, you need to consider the following eye care tips to keep them healthy.
Eye Care Tips For Computer Users
17. Keep The Area Well Lit
Whenever you are working on the computer, ensure that the area is well lit, and the computer screen is not brighter than the background light. Also, sit away from the window to minimize glare as it makes your eyes work harder, thus straining them.
18. The 20-20-20 Rule
Do not look at the computer screen at a stretch. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a break and look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps in reducing eye strain and improves the eye’s ability to focus.
Quite often, when you are engrossed in work, you forget to blink. The moisture on the surface of the eyes, which keeps your eyes lubricated, evaporates, making your eyes dry. This causes dry eyes syndrome. So, don’t forget to blink often.
20. Use Computer Eyewear
Get a customized computer glass from an eye care professional. Wear it while working on the computer. Follow this especially if you wear glasses or contact lenses.
Nowadays, most of us wear contact lenses. And taking proper care of the lenses is crucial for eye health to avoid the risk of an eye infection. Here are a few tips to consider.
Tips For Eye Care For Contact Lens Wearers
21. Wash Your Hands
Before you handle the contact lenses, always wash your hands using water and soap. Rinse them thoroughly and then either air-dry them or use a lint-free towel to pat them dry. This makes sure no germs and bacteria are transferred to the lens from your fingers.
22. Use The Lenses As Per Instructions
Avoid sleeping with the contact lenses on. Wear them and use them as per the instructions given to you by your ophthalmologist. Avoid using expired lens solution for cleaning them and replace them at regular intervals.
23. Store Them Properly
Always use the sterile solution provided with the contact lens to store them. Never use tap water to rinse them or store them in saline solution. Also, do not wet them with your saliva. This transfers millions of bacteria to the lenses, which can easily infect your eyes.
24. Quit Smoking
While quitting smoking is good for your overall health, if you wear contact lenses, you should definitely quit. This is because compared to nonsmokers, smokers are more vulnerable to eye issues.
25. Avoid Using Decorative Lenses
I know you are fascinated by the colored lenses available in the market, but avoid using the tinted lenses sold in decorative shops. These lenses can cause irreparable damage to your vision and eyes.
And above all, do not ignore even the slightest signs of discomfort in your eyes. Visit the ophthalmologist to get a comprehensive eye examination done every year. Even if these habits and tips seem too basic, these small steps go a long way in protecting your vision and eyes.
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