The different sources like computers, reading, bad lighting, etc., make your eyes busy all day. Tearing, decreased vision, dry eyes, or headaches are the common signs that alert you and lead you to consult the opthalmologist.
You are required to follow certain tips by JLR eye hospital that will help to protect your eyesight on a daily basis.
Did you know that the eyes evolve until the age of 85? It is therefore essential to take action to maintain your eyes’ health. These days people are more concerned about the health of their eyes. Clear progress, but this is not yet sufficient to detect all diseases.
And do you preserve your visual health?
Regular Consultation with the ophthalmologist
There is no age to test your eyesight. You must not forget that the eye evolves throughout life. And that certain activities (computer work, sports at high altitude, etc.) or certain treatments (cortisone, etc.) can damage them.
Adults’ eyes should be checked approximately every 12 months. After age 45, visits should become more regular. They will allow you to quickly detect any anomaly.
For children, 3 compulsory examinations must be there in the health record, on leaving the maternity ward, at 9 months, and then at 2 years. Then, checks are carried out by medical visits, especially around the age of 6, when entering elementary school.
Eyesight, a requirement for healthy living
The health of your eyes also depends on your lifestyle and your diet. Vitamin A is necessary for the functioning of certain visual cells of the retina, the rods. If the deficiency is not treated, dry eyes appear. It can be responsible for quite serious complications. The best sources for the eyes are fish liver oils, vegetables, and dairy products. Remember to consume them on regular basis.
Beware also of excess cholesterol or obesity which can have repercussions on the health of the eye. And also note that tobacco increases the risk of macular degeneration (AMD) and can alter cataracts.
The proper lighting should be maintained while studying or doing something that needs focus. Also minimizing the use of computers will provide great ease to the eyes.
Do you love to read at night before going to bed? Beware of lighting that is too weak or too strong, which damages the eye! The same is to be followed for artificial light. In addition to general lighting, do not hesitate to have a light source focused on your book.
The computer and TV do not damage the eyes, contrary to popular belief. But when you work behind a screen, have a light source behind it. It will allow the eye not to be limited to the contrast of the screen alone.
Be sure to blink regularly. Each blink helps you relax, and distribute the tear fluid over the eye. If you experience eye fatigue after computer work, this may be a sign of uncorrected ametropia. Better to consult a specialist.
Sunglasses, a reflex not to be neglected
In sunny or very bright weather, take out your glasses! And make sure they have enough sun protection to filter out UV rays. Indeed, the eyes are very sensitive to UV radiation, so avoid simply aesthetic glasses that offer very light filtration (S0 or S1). Prefer category S2, S3, or S4 sunglasses. It’s up to you to choose the shade and frame that suits you from the wide range of existing brands.
It is believed that the sun is one of the culprits of the aging of the lens (cataract) and the retina. When it comes to sun protection, only a few adults routinely wear sunglasses at the sea or beach on sunny days, and less than a third for outdoor sports on sunny days.
Children in particular are very sensitive to UV. Only one parent out of two thinks of systematically having their children wear sunglasses at the sea or on the beach in sunny weather. And still, too few parents systematically equip their children with sunglasses for outdoor sports! However, the eyes must be absolutely protected, especially in summer.
One of the major causes of road accidents comes from the poor eyesight of drivers, or from conditions that are poorly suited to vision (night, forgetting to wear glasses, etc.).
There is still a long way to go to get the public authorities to act in this direction. In the meantime, be extra careful, reduce speed, and regular cleaning of windshields, windows, and headlights to be seen by others, day and night.
When should you consult an ophthalmologist?
- If you notice a decrease in vision, the presence of a black spot in the center of the eye, or problems when reading.
- Some symptoms are synonymous with an ophthalmological emergency. Sudden and rapid onset of visual disturbances, loss of vision, reduction of the visual field, or eye pain. Any eye trauma should be taken seriously and brought to the attention of your eye doctor.
- Sudden onset of visual problems can also be symptoms of brain problems, blurred vision, or unilateral loss of vision which may suggest a stroke and which requires an emergency visit to the general practitioner or to the care of a hospital.
- If your child wears glasses, you must consult every year. In times of growth, the eye develops and this development must be monitored by a specialist.
- If you already wear glasses and/or contact lenses, it is important to go to your specialist doctor when renewing your glasses prescription because it allows you to detect other eye problems that are more difficult to detect.
How to detect a sight problem in your child?
Some clues that may suggest a sight problem in a child:
- The children squint constantly or from time to time (in the case of children over 3 months)
- They blink, squint, or frown
- They frequently rub their eyes
- They write askew, mix up the letters, or lose their line
- They are bothered by the light
- They complain of headaches.
In general, an ophthalmological consultation is required every 2 to 5 years, depending on the person, their sight problem, their overall state of health, their family history, etc. It is always recommended to discuss this with your ophthalmologist or general practitioner.