Things you did not know you needed to know….
Our eyes are two of the most important parts of our body. Like any other part they have their own needs that keep them healthy and keeping you seeing well. To maintain good vision, you need to know all the little secrets you may not have ever wondered or guessed about your eyes, here are a few:
1. Glasses Care
When cleaning your glasses, it is important to never use tissue or paper. These items contain wood which will leave scratches on your glasses and can impede your vision. Using a soft, lint free cloth is always the best way to dry your glasses after washing.
2. Relax when Eyes Are Dilated
Once your eye doctor dilates your eyes, it will take at least two to three hours before your eyes are working properly again. This is a good time to relax and no heavy straining such as reading. Remember to wear sunglasses when outside, even on cloudy days. This will help with your comfort.
3. The Sun vs. Eyes
UV damage does not just happen to your skin. The sun can be harmful to your eyes. Just as it can cause skin damage, your eyes could develop problems associated with sun exposure. Sunglasses are an essential item whenever outside in daylight - even on a cloudy day.
4. Eat Dark Greens
Despite what most of us were taught as children, carrots are not the key to healthy vision. That honor goes to dark, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli. A good rule of thumb is the darker, the better.
5. Cataracts Cause Vision Impairment not Pain
May patients are led to believe that when they develop cataracts it is necessary to have surgery immediately - whether they are having vision problems or not. Cataract surgery is usually an elective procedure, however there are rare occasions where there is a medical need to remove the cataract. Most insurances cover the cost of the basic cataract surgery. it does not harm you to wait a little longer. Cataracts will impair your vision, but no other harm will come to you.
6. Reading in Dim Light
As most people have probably heard, reading in dim light will cause your vision to decrease. This is not true at all. It will cause your eyes to strain from focusing harder and might cause a headache, but not vision loss. The same can be said for staring at a computer screen for several hours. You should always read under good light and take periodic breaks to allow your eyes to rest.
7. Do Not Sleep In Your Contact Lenses
Anyone who wears contacts knows this, but how many people actually follow through with it on a nightly basis. When you wear extended wear contact to bed, your chances of infection increase by 10 to 15 percent.
8. Don't Wait for a Checkup
Annual eye checkups are necessary for everyone. Even those with no vision complaints. Many eye diseases have few to no symptoms and can rapidly cause vision loss. An annual eye exam can catch these diseases before they have the chance to cause vision loss or worse blindness. Your annual eye exam can also detect medical problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes.