It’s no surprise that children in Southeast Asia spend less time outdoors than children in other countries, and this has led to a drastic increase in myopia among young adults. Myopia in some cases can develop into more serious eye conditions in later years, such as cataracts or even vision loss.
Luckily, taking care of your eyes is really easy to do. Here are five simple ways how:
1. Eat healthy
Taking care of your eyes starts with getting the nutrients that you need. Antioxidants, for instance, reduce the risk of cataracts, and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids help in slowing down macular degeneration.
Foods rich in beta-carotene such as squashes and carrots are also great for keeping your eyes healthy.
2. Exercise regularly
Get at least thirty minutes of exercise three times a week in order to reduce your chances of contracting serious eye diseases.
However, you don’t have to break out the exercise equipment or start going to the gym for this one. Even simple outdoor activities such as walking can decrease the risk of macular degeneration by as much as seventy to eighty per cent, according to researchers all over the world.
3. Get plenty of rest
Symptoms of eye fatigue, such as eye irritation, drying or excessive tears, or even blurriness or double vision, could be made worse by not getting enough sleep.
While adults require seven to eight hours of sleep per night, the recommended amount of sleep for children aged 6 to 13 is from nine to eleven hours, with teenagers from 14-17 need eight to ten.
4. Visit an optometrist every two years
A comprehensive eye exam conducted by a professional is a good way to determine your risk of contracting serious eye diseases, even those with little to no warning symptoms, such as diabetic retinopathy.
You should also see an eye doctor if you start noticing changes in your vision. Signs include double vision, blurriness, and vision problems in low light, and more serious indications that you should see a doctor right away are red or bloody eyes, repeating flashes of light, swelling and eye pain.
5. Spend more time outdoors
More sun, more fun. But more importantly, exposure to adequate sunlight as a child can limit symptoms of eye diseases and decrease chances of deteriorating vision.
However, staring directly into the sun can still hurt your eyes. Protect them from harmful UV light with our trademark eyewear that will not only keep the harmful glare away from you, but will also make you look your best wherever you go on a hot day.