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Daily Eye Care Our eyes truly are the windows to our soul, and as such it is vital we take good care of them. Did you know that even if your vision is 20/20 there are strategies you can adopt each and every day to promote your eye health?

We are only born with one set of eyes, so it is vital we do our best to care for them in the best way possible. The sun, wind and environmental pollutants all pose potential dangers to our eyes each and every day.


Daily Eye Care Tips
Here are some tips to consider when caring for your eyes daily:

  • If you work long hours at a computer or reading, lift your eyes away from the screen periodically to rest them. Focus on a distant object. This prevents your eyes from becoming overstrained and helps rest overtired eyes. Take a few minutes to close your eyes and relax them. See (Computer Eye Strain).
  • Consider applying two tea bags or cucumbers to your eyes for 10 minutes each afternoon, to help reduce puffiness and allow your eyes a much-needed rest.
  • Always wear sunglasses with adequate UV protection. If a pair of sunglasses doesn't have a UV stamp or sticker, don't assume it is blocking out the suns harmful rays. Always verify your glasses provide ample protection.
  • Wear eye glasses during windy days to avoid over exposure to the elements. There are various shades of glasses you can wear outdoors to protect your eyes during windy days.
  • Wear eye protection when biking or engaging in other vigorous activity that might result in inadvertent injury to your eye.
  • Splash cool water on your eyes periodically during the day to help relax them and reduce puffiness.
  • Avoid using heavy creams around the eye area, which may result in irritation or become too pasty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes with dirty hands, which can lead to infections including conjunctivitis.
  • Consider replacing old eye make up or foundation every few months to keep the eye area clean and infection free.
  • Always remove any make up or sunscreen from around the eye area before going to sleep at night.
  • Remove contacts in the evenings, and always clean contacts regularly.
  • Have your eyes checked by a certified optician annually to rule out any disease or changes in vision.

When Something Goes Wrong With Your Eyes
If your vision changes suddenly don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with a qualified eye care professional. Changes in vision can result from sudden or chronic illness, injury and even during pregnancy. Usually changes associated with an acute illness or hormonal changes as those that occur during pregnancy are temporary. Other changes may require more modest intervention.

If you frequently experience headaches that get worse throughout the day, your vision may be changing. It's worth the time and effort to visit your eye care professional to have your vision evaluated.

There are also treatments available for overly dry eyes. Certain medications including antihistamines or decongestants and even muscle relaxants can contribute to dry eyes. Over the counter eye drops may help in such instances, as may discontinuing any medications contributing to the problem.

Even if your eyes seem in perfect health, consider having an annual or bi-annual exam to ensure your eyes stay in the best shape possible. Over time even the best eyes experience some wear and tear. It isn't unusual for someone to start using reading eye glasses as they mature and their vision changes. Consider a new pair of glasses the optimal way for expressing your personality and good looks in a new and exciting way!

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