Our vision is often taken for granted. Yet, when we start having problems with it, we realize just how important it is. One of the major factors that affects our vision is aging. As we get older, our eyes can become dryer more often and tire quicker. But there are steps you can take now to help with some of the common eye complaints.
Over 20 million Americans have dry eyes. Age and allergies play important parts in dry eyes, as does hormonal changes. But what can we do about it?
First, stay away from overheated dry rooms. Stay away from wind and smoke. Limit your alcohol intake. On sunny and windy days, wear sunglasses when you are outside to protect your eyes.
Hydrate your air and body. Use a humidifier when you are sleeping. Drink lots of water throughout the day. Blink and rest your eyes regularly.
Try using some over the counter fake tears, especially the preservative free brands.
If the over the counter fake tears does not help, see your eye professional.
Try not to cry often. You need to conserve your real tears. In severe cases of dry eyes your eye doctor can insert silicone plugs into your eyes, where your tears drain to help keep them open and to drain more easily.
Don’t ignore the dryness. If it doesn’t go away or get worse, see your eye professional.
Tired and blurry eyes by the end of the day, doesn’t just mean that you are overworked it means your eyes are overworked, especially if you work on a computer all day. Here are some tips to help keep your eyes from feeling so tired.
Take frequent breaks. Every 20 minutes or so, close your eyes or just look away from that computer screen (or anything else you are concentrating on so hard) for about 20 seconds.
Make sure your computer monitor is in the right position. You should be able to see over top the monitor and while seated you should not be able to touch the screen (if you can, you are too close to the monitor).
Install an antiglare screen to your monitor. Reflected light is the leading cause of eyestrain.
If the eye tiredness continues, schedule an eye exam. You may need glasses, at least for your computer work.
Eye twitching is a pulsing of ones upper or lower eyelid, when the muscle around the eyes begin to spasm. What causes this? Fatigue, stress and caffeine are common factors that causes eye twitching. When this happens, try massaging the eyelid. This can help relax the muscle. If it continues, it could be a sign that your body isn’t getting enough rest. Try catching up on your sleep. If it continues for a long time or becomes more serious, such as the entire eyelid begins to contract and closes completely shut or the spasm is also accompanied by spasms on the side of your face, seek professional help immediately.
When should you start getting those eye exams? Eye doctors suggest that you have your first one between the ages of 20 and 29, even if you are having no eye problems. Your next eye appointment should be between the ages of 30 and 39. You should then begin scheduling your eye exams every two to four years between the ages of 40 and 64. Finally, when you reach the age of 64 you should have an eye exam every year or two.
Remember good eye health is important. Imagine what you would loose if you couldn’t see the world in all of its beautiful colors.
But like everything else, good eye health does take a bit of work. Don’t ignore any eye problems. Try to eat right (especially those yellow fruits and vegetables). You should also drink plenty of water.
By taking the steps early, you can help prevent vision problems or at least delay vision problems of the future.