7 steps to 20/ 20 vision eye health

We all feel the strain of sitting in front of the computer for eight to 12 hours at a stretch; the symptoms: Dry eyes, an itchy feeling that won't go away, constant headaches.

The good news is that you can avoid these signs by just following some simple tips from Dr. Satish Mehta, Ophthalmologist from Moolchand Eye Clinic in New Delhi.

For healthy eyes, one needs a sufficient quantity of Vitamin A, green leafy vegetables, fruits, milk, eggs, meat (especially liver). A balanced diet with a correct proportion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in combination of these food items will help in keeping eyes healthy.

Eye hygiene:
Keeping eyes clean is important to ward off infections. The first thing you do every morning must be to clean the eyes in running tap water. You can make a cup of your hand and collect water in it, bend your neck and submerge your eyes one by one in the cup with lids open. Repeat it several times so that the discharge collected over night is washed off completely.

Eye care:
Do not splash water on to eyes since it can result in an abrasion and the lids close as a reflex action without any cleansing being achieved. One should clean the eyes after coming back from outdoors as well as before going to bed. It is equally important to have good hand hygiene. Do not touch your eyes with dirty, greasy hands. Make sure you sanitize your hands at regular intervals.

Check up:
Regular vision and eye pressure check ups must be done; this becomes even more important, if one suffers from any kind of allergy or sight related problem. At the very least an annual check up would go a long way in keeping your eyes healthy and optimally functional.

Eye protection:
Take a doctor's advice on how to protect your eyes from the sun and wind. Your sunglasses should have UV protection, colour and refraction correction.

Contact lens care:
If you wear contact lenses, get the latest updates on new types of lenses, and switch to a more comfortable brand.

Reduce eye sight stress:
There are some pointers to keep in mind to improve your sight: Sleep, take regular breaks at work, reduce the brightness of your computer monitor, and avoid fluorescent lightening.

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