Do You Know How to Keep Your Eyes Bright and Dazzling?

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By Linda of Blessed Beyond Crazy
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By the end of the day, many people suffer from tired, irritated eyes. Hours spent staring at a computer screen and mobile devices, along with the bright sunshine and fun summertime activities are just a few of the things that can cause our eyes to feel gritty, sore and dry. Fortunately, there are things we can do to pamper our eyes and keep them healthy, bright, and sparkling (while still making a fashion statement, of course!) 

My husband has been in the optical profession for over 40 years.  Recently I asked him to share with me tips to maintaining the health of our eyes. Here is what I learnt: 

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It should come as no surprise that diet and exercise affect the overall health of our eyes. Exercising improves blood circulation and increases oxygen levels to the eyes and maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce the risk of developing certain diseases that can lead to vision loss. 


Try to eat foods that are rich in vitamins C, A and E, folic acid, selenium and zinc. Papaya, cantaloupe, strawberries, green peppers, oranges, and grapefruit are excellent sources of vitamin C, while almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and safflower and corn oils are high in vitamin E. Blueberries help with reduction of eye fatigue and apricots are rich in beta carotene and lycopene, both of which promote good vision.  Leafy green foods, such as kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens and broccoli are rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce your risk of developing age-related eye conditions and the development of cataracts.  Research has also shown there are eye health benefits in omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon, tuna and halibut.  Some studies indicate that drinking tea can also help to deter cataracts and some herbalists suggest taking Bilberry will help improve night vision, strengthen eye capillaries and prevent eye-related disease and infection.
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The American Optometric Association suggests that children have their eyes examined at six months old, three years old, before their first year of school and then every two years until their eighteenth birthday. Adults should have an eye test at least every two years and anyone over age 60 should have an eye examination every year.  

Many eye diseases and disorders are hereditary, have no warning signs and can only be detected by a professional. If you are at risk of eye problems due to a family history of eye disease, your doctor may recommend more frequent eye tests.  

Warning signs of some eye conditions are:
  • difficulty adjusting to light or dark
  • trouble focusing
  • unusual sensitivity
  • a change in the color of the iris or lids
  • pain
  • double vision
  • dark spots or halos
  • dry or watery eyes
  • flashes of light
  • loss of peripheral vision
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Did you know that an invisible form of radiation from the sun called ultraviolet rays (also known as UV), can not only burn your skin, it can literally burn your eyes too? Researchers have found that long-term exposure to UV rays can have a permanent affect and lead to irreversible damage to the eyes. That's why we should all get into a habit of wearing protective eye-wear when we work or play outdoors, even on cloudy days. Clouds are basically water and water is UV-transparent. Therefore, your eyes are exposed to UV rays, even on cloudy days.  

To really help protect your eyes, look for sunglasses that reduce the UV rays that reflect off the  front and  backside of your lenses by adding an anti-reflective (AR) coating.  When you have this backside UV protection, your eyes (and the skin around your eyes) will be protected from UV. In addition to UV protection, look for quality glasses that offer durability, are impact resistant and have  polarised lenses. Polarised lenses contain a special filter that blocks certain kinds of reflected light to cut glare and haze.  

Several good choices to consider when buying premium sunglasses are:
  • Maui Jim - are polarised and protect from UVA and UVB rays. Their PolarisedPlus2® technology goes beyond shielding eyes from glare and harmful UV to reveal and enhance the world’s true vivid colours in detail.
  • Ran Ban - Ray-Ban® Polarised lenses not only reduce reflections, but also enhance contrast, improving visual clarity and reducing eye strain. All Ray-Ban® polarised lenses bear a distinctive “P” next to the Ray-Ban® logo on the right lens and are treated with Anti-Reflective coating.
  • Oakley - their Plutonite® lens material stops every wavelength of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, not just the lower energy form called “UVA.” Even their clear lenses filter out 100% of all UV. 
  • Flying Fisherman - Flying Fisherman® AcuTint™ polarised lens colouring system uses a select blend of pigment to enhance colour contrast without distorting natural colour. It also sharpens visual acuity, reduces eye strain and eliminates glare.
  • JiMarti - delivers comfort and functionality, and both are neatly wrapped in a package that’s virtually indestructible. JiMarti offers super light frames and shatterproof lenses that are designed to accommodate an active lifestyle.
  • Serengeti - their glass lenses begin with borosilicate optical glass from Corning® which can withstand extreme temperature changes. The lenses are chemically tempered to ensure scratch and impact resistance. The lenses then undergo Serengeti’s ® Hydrogen Firing Process, which activates the photochromic and Spectral Control® technologies. After the lenses cool, they are treated with a unique coating that protects their edges, all while being monitored by a technician who examines every lens by hand to ensure the highest quality.
  • Some jobs and activities require protective safety glassesgoggles, safety shields and eye guards. Most protective eye-wear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other lenses. Be sure to wear safety glasses when performing certain tasks. 
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Many people prefer wearing contact lenses instead of glasses. To avoid problems like irritated eyes, fuzzy vision, pain, discomfort or infection, do not ignore the cleanliness of your contact lenses.
  • Always wash your hands before handling your contacts
  • Clean and store your lenses only in fresh solution
  • Replace your contacts as directed
  • Remove your contacts before swimming or entering a hot tub
  • Disinfect contact lenses as instructed
  • Change out your contact lenses according to the recommended schedule
  • You still need to wear sunglasses, even if your contact lenses offer UV protection
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Did you know that there are two types of blue light? Beneficial Blue Light (or blue-turquoise light) and Harmful Blue Light (or blue-violet light). Beneficial Blue Light helps regulate our sleep/wake cycle and is essential to pupil function and physical and emotional health. Harmful Blue Light is everywhere: the sun, computer screens, tablets, smart phones, gaming devices, LED TVs & LED lights and fluorescent lights. 

Over exposure to Harmful Blue Light can cause computer vision syndrome (CVS) and damage to the retina. Symptoms of CVS include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes.  

Here are a few things you can do to prevent eye strain: 
  • Wear glasses with lens that are specially coated to block short-wavelength visible light.
  • Set the centre of your computer screen 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes.
  • Reduce glare on your computer from windows and lights by using an anti-glare screen on your computer.
  • Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
  • Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date.
  • If your eyes are dry, blink more.
  • At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.
  • Do daily eye exercises to relax your eyes. 
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Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
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Here are some easy ways to pamper, soothe and relax tired eyes.  
  • Place a cold compress mask or a damp, cold, soft cloth over your eyes for 10 to 20 minutes to help relieve itching, swollen and sore eyes.
  • Cut an ice-cold cucumber into thick slices and place the slices on your closed eyes. Keep them on for 10 - 15 minutes or until the cucumber slices get warm. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that help the collagen in your skin tighten and reduce irritation and puffiness.  
  • Place damp chamomile, black or green tea bags in the freezer to chill. Once the tea bags are cold, relax and place the chilled tea bags on your eyes. Leave them on for ten minutes then wash your face. Tea contains bioflavonoids which helps reduce bacteria and inflammation. 
  • Try to sleep at least eight hours each night and avoid air blowing directly on your face from a fan, air conditioner or heater as the circulating air can cause dry eyes.
Bruder Medibeads Hot Eye Compress
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  • I personally use a Bruder Eye Hydrating Mask. This unique new mask is fast acting and easy to use. Simply place it in the microwave for 20 - 30 seconds then place it on your eyes. It helps to replenish moisture and relieves dryness. The mask can be applied as often as needed and will not interfere with prescribed or OTC medications. Bruder Eye Hydrating Mask features MediBeads® which continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air. When microwaved, the clean, natural moist heat goes to work immediately to provide soothing relief. This mask helps stabilise the tear film, improves oil gland function and slows tear evaporation.  Since the warmth from the mask can cause vision to be blurry for a few minutes after use, I use mine every night right before I go to sleep. The warmth from the mask helps me to relax and helps my eyes feel refreshed and rejuvenated when I wake up in the morning. 
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If you still need a little help to soothe dry or irritated eyes, you may consider using  artificial tears. Several good OTC brands are:
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Our eyesight is priceless so be sure to take good care of your eyes. Have a routine eye test, consume a healthy diet, don't smoke, use protective eye-wear, take routine breaks from computers, mobile phones and other electronics and pamper your eyes.  

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