Eye Anti-Aging Beauty Tips *Healthy ways to protect your Eyesight * Eyestrain *
Eye Anti-Aging Beauty Tips
Drink water- by drinking water it rehydrates the skin and eyes from the inside.
Get plenty of sleep.
Use eye drops (ask us which are best for you) if your eyes are looking tired and bloodshot- red eye is not a good look!
Don’t scrub make up too hard as vigorous rubbing of mascara can cause eyelashes to fall out, use an oil based cleanser which will emulsify to dissolve eye make up.
Silk/satin pillow cases! Slippery fabrics discourage the wrinkling effect.
Cold compresses to reduce puffiness when you feel your eyes need some cooling and calming.
- Cream eye-shadows , liquid liners are better than powder types
- Compressed powders are better than loose powders
- Mascaras-avoid fibrous types which can flake
- Remove mascara with dampened cotton wool so that stray fibres do not adhere to lashes.
Healthy ways to protect your Eyesight
Control your weight- there is a very high link between obesity
and conditions such as diabetic retinopathy & cataracts.
Stop smoking – cigarette smoking is linked very closely to macular
degeneration and cataracts.
A diet rich in fresh fruit, green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, dark leafy greens) and omega 3 fats (oily fish, nuts, avocado, olive oil) may prevent or slow down the development of macular degeneration & cataracts. Omega 3 fats are also excellent for dry eye.
Wear good quality sunglasses with good coverage or wrap around sunglasses with high quality UV protection lenses and brimmed hats to protect your eyesight from harmful UV radiation.
Wear protective eyewear when doing DIY, gardening, playing sports such as squash or at work if necessary to prevent injuries. We see so many preventable eye injuries, please wear the safety goggles.
Signs of Eyestrain – Headaches in forehead or temples; sore, tired,
itchy or gritty eyes, burning lids or watering eyes, trouble refocusing
when changing eye direction, e.g. looking away from computer
screen to look in the distance, reading matter temporarily blurring,
distance vision worse at the end of a working day are just a few
symptoms of eyestrain.
Helpful hints to ease Eyestrain
- Keep computer screen at an arm’s length from eyes
- Documents being typed or read should be placed at same distance and height as screen
- Visual breaks should be taken at least every 20 minutes. This involves looking up away from the computer screen and looking at something far away
- Difficult visual tasks should be carried out when eyes and mind are fresh
Eye exercises: focus on the tip of a pen at arm’s length, pull it slowly towards your nose focusing on the tip at all times. The environment behind the pen should appear doubled. Stop when the pen begins to blur and hold for a count of 20 seconds, focusing on the tip throughout. Pull back at arm’s length slowly. Repeat 5 times in the morning and 5 times in early afternoon-never try when very tired.
What about Eyestrain when watching TV?
Television viewing habits are an important factor in someone’s vision. Because television plays a part in almost everyone’s life, it is essential to develop sensible viewing habits to avoid unnecessary eyestrain.
Some helpful TV tips:
- The room should not be completely dark
- Position the screen so that glare and reflections are avoided
- Avoid sitting at an extreme angle to TV.
What about eyestrain when working on computers and gaming?
More eyestrain can be caused by close activities such as reading/computers than watching TV.
Eyestrain can occur in many forms in the same way as it does for adults and includes headaches, dry eyes and focusing problems.
Some helpful computer tips:
- Limit using computers to 20 minutes slot and avoid using prior to doing homework
- For reducing eyestrain it is important to vary visual work by taking visual breaks, fresh air, exercise and a good diet.
Eyestrain exercise: 20/20/20/20 rule
When working on a computer take a 20 second break every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away and blink 20 times, and then return to the task at hand. A simple but very effective eye exercise to relieve eyestrain, eye fatigue, computer vision syndrome.
Other physical problems associated with computers include neck, arm and wrist pain, and psychological changes such as aggression and poor communication.
Most importantly, your TV viewing and computer use should be sensibly balanced with creative play & exercise.
Caring for your spectacles
- Always take your spectacles off with 2 hands, thus avoiding stretching them and never wear them on your head unless they have spring joints
- When not in use, keep your spectacles in the case provided
- Never put your spectacles lens down on surfaces as they will scratch
- Do not leave your spectacles in positions of extreme temperatures, e.g. dashboard, as extreme changes in temperatures will damage both frames and lenses.
It is advisable to clean your spectacles only with a lens cleaning cloth and a spray lens cleaner, especially if you have reflection free lenses.
The screws and bolts in your sunglasses are working, moving parts of the frame and may work loose over time. It is important to check these regularly. Pop in, we are always happy to service your spectacles! It’s all part of our service.
Enhancing your life with our Vision!
Nichola C. Kennedy FAOI, Optometrist, Main St., Kilcullen, Co.Kildare 045-484643
For more information on macular degeneration go to www.amd.ie
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