Love your eyes

Love Your Eyes – They are the gateway to good health

Love Your Eyes – They are the gateway to good health

Es­tab­lish­ing healthy habits is es­sen­tial to main­tain­ing good vi­sion health. Here are 10 tips to fol­low, even if you aren’t ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any de­fi­cien­cies in vi­sion.

1) Wash your eyes

Best if in the morn­ing as soon as you wake up. To wash your eyes, you can use an anatom­i­cal­ly shaped eye bath. Us­ing an eye bath, sim­ply fill the cup with still, bot­tled wa­ter or a saline so­lu­tion; po­si­tion the bath on the eye; tilt your head back, then ro­tate the bath to the right and then to the left. Re­peat 3 times. If you do not have an eye bath, you can use ster­ile gauze dipped in warm wa­ter or in a saline so­lu­tion. Consigli per gli occhi eng.jpg

2) Keep your eyes hy­drat­ed

To pre­vent dry eye, it is im­por­tant to drink lots of wa­ter, es­pe­cial­ly in the dri­er win­ter months, to hy­drate your eyes from with­in. For red or dry eyes, eye drops con­tain­ing eye­bright and chamomile are an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion. Consigli per gli occhi eng2.jpg

3) Re­move make­up

Re­mov­ing your make­up every night is es­sen­tial. Dur­ing the day, dust, smog and oth­er im­pu­ri­ties can build up on and around your eyes, which can cause ir­ri­ta­tion. Re­move your make­up be­fore go­ing to bed to avoid is­sues such as styes, con­junc­tivi­tis, or oth­er ir­ri­ta­tions. Consigli per gli occhi eng3.jpg

4) Re­move con­tent lens­es

Con­tact lens­es must al­ways be re­moved be­fore re­mov­ing make­up, be­cause make­up and oth­er grime can get caught be­tween the lens and the eye. Al­ways re­mem­ber to take out con­tact lens­es be­fore go­ing to bed. Also, even though it is pos­si­ble to take a show­er wear­ing con­tacts, it’s al­ways best to take them out be­fore show­er­ing, as the lens could come into con­tact with sham­poo or soap and, more im­por­tant­ly, with wa­ter, which is known to be a ve­hi­cle for the sort of bac­te­ria that can cause in­fec­tion. Consigli per gli occhi eng4.jpg

5) Eat healthy

Or­ange, yel­low and red fruits and veg­eta­bles, as well as foods that are rich in vi­t­a­min E, such as nuts, are our pri­ma­ry al­lies in main­tain­ing healthy eyes. Eat­ing lots of car­rots (which our moth­ers have al­ways told us are great for our eyes!), pep­pers, or­anges, nec­tarines, toma­toes, squash, apri­cots, peach­es, straw­ber­ries, etc. is great for the eyes, as are foods that are rich in Omega 3, such as many types of fish and oth­er seafood. Consigli per gli occhi eng5.jpg

6) Wear sun­glass­es

Sun­glass­es should be worn when­ev­er sun­light could en­ter the eyes. In the moun­tains or on the wa­ter, where the sun’s rays are strongest, they are ab­solute­ly es­sen­tial. Pro­tect­ing your eyes from UV rays is fun­da­men­tal in pre­vent­ing a range of vi­sion dis­or­ders, such as in­flam­ma­tions of the con­junc­ti­va, the reti­na, or the cornea. Pur­chase cer­ti­fied lens­es from an op­ti­cian. In­ex­pen­sive sun­glass­es are of­ten of poor qual­i­ty and pro­duced in coun­tries that lack suf­fi­cient qual­i­ty guar­an­tees. We rec­om­mend lens­es that pro­tect against UV rays up to 400 nm (such as our NoUV lens­es) and against blue light, such as our Blue Nat­ur­al lens­es (be­cause the blue light from the sun is 20 times greater than what is emit­ted by elec­tron­ic de­vices). Consigli per gli occhi eng6.jpg

7) Good pos­ture and vi­sion train­ing

Sit up­right es­pe­cial­ly when work­ing in front of a com­put­er. Re­mem­ber to take fre­quent breaks from the screen to pre­vent com­put­er vi­sion syn­drome (a.k.a. “dig­i­tal eye strain”). A good rule of thumb is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 min­utes, look at some­thing 20 feet (6 me­ters) away for 20 sec­onds. Read more about vi­sion train­ing ex­er­cis­es here. Consigli per gli occhi eng7.jpg

8) Am­bi­ent light­ing

Give pref­er­ence to nat­ur­al light­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly when work­ing or read­ing. When work­ing from home, po­si­tion your work­sta­tion per­pen­dic­u­lar to the light source, but avoid glare on the screen. The light­ing should not be too dim or too bright. Use LED bulbs, not flo­res­cent, and con­sid­er a desk lamp to com­ple­ment the in­di­rect, am­bi­ent light. Consigli per gli occhi eng8.jpg

9) Pro­tect your eyes from blue light

With­in the vis­i­ble spec­trum, there is a type of light, be­low a wave­length of 400 nm, that can harm the eyes. This high-en­er­gy vis­i­ble (HEV) light is also known as “blue light” be­cause it falls with­in the blue-vi­o­let end of the spec­trum. It is a type of light that is emit­ted both by the sun and by ar­ti­fi­cial light sources, such as LED com­put­er screens and the screens of phones, tablets, and tele­vi­sions. Pro­longed, un­pro­tect­ed ex­po­sure to this HEV light can harm the eyes, and the reti­na in par­tic­u­lar, and in­creas­es the risk of age-re­lat­ed mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. To avoid dam­ag­ing your eyes, it is im­por­tant to wear glass­es with lens­es that block blue light, such as our Blue Nat­ur­al lens­es. Consigli per gli occhi eng9.jpg

10) En­joy na­ture

Spend time out­doors, im­mersed in the beau­ty of na­ture. Gaz­ing out on the dis­tant land­scapes, es­pe­cial­ly ones with lots of col­or, ap­pears to be very good for your reti­nas. Find time to re­lax your eyes by ap­pre­ci­at­ing beau­ty in gen­er­al, such as flow­ers, but also art or oth­er pleas­ing im­ages. Both your eyes and your brain will ben­e­fit, as the chem­i­cal re­ac­tions this trig­gers will help detox­i­fy your reti­nas from harm­ful ex­ter­nal stim­uli. When you’re tired, take a walk in the park. It will even boost your mood! Consigli per gli occhi eng10.jpg

N.B. All of these tips are in­tend­ed as gen­er­al sug­ges­tions and are not to be tak­en as med­ical ad­vice. For spe­cif­ic di­ag­noses of vi­sion dis­or­ders, you will need to con­sult an eye care pro­fes­sion­al, such as an op­tometrist or oph­thal­mol­o­gist.