Eyecare

Roses Stewart

Have you overlooked taking care of your true best friend – your eyes?
 
Your eyes are delicate organs, with little protection, leading the way in all that you do. Daily considerations and proper eyecare will prevent damage and slow the decline of our precious sight.
 
Did you know that age-related decline of your eyes can be greatly slowed with proper eye protection, nutrition, and rest?
 

Protecting Your Eyes And Daily Eyecare – What You Need To Know

Protecting your eyes should be a consideration whenever you start your day. Right after you check the weather or start an activity, consider how to keep your eyes healthy.  Sunlight really takes a toll on your eyes. Glare-off shiny surfaces will reflect a great deal of the sun’s harmful rays into your eyes, where grass reflects far less.
 
Sunglasses that block UV light should be worn whenever you are outdoors. Eyewear for summer activities should provide side protection where possible, especially when on the water where reflected UV light is abundant.
 
What about indoors? Don’t fixate your eyes on screens or tasks. Rest your eyes, look away and make sure you blink regularly.  We used to be concerned about watching television, but computers and cell phones are of greater concern.
 
Gone are the restful commercial breaks – technology now fixates your eyes in rapid movement on a bright screen, closer to your eyes than ever before. Also, don’t overtax your eyes by working in low light conditions, ensure you have sufficient light to prevent eye strain.
 
Did you know that reading a book is far better for your eyes than reading on your electronic device?
 
Ensure your eyes are well lubricated.  Air conditioners, blowing wind, and not blinking enough, are reasons why you may have dry eyes.  Dry eyes become more common as you age, but some chronic conditions and medications may aggravate or be the cause.
 
If you are taking medication or have a medical condition, additional monitoring of eye health may be required.   Your Pharmacists can provide assistance in reviewing medications that may contribute to dry eyes.
 
Rest. Let your best friend have time to recover. Allow regular rest periods. During the day, take breaks at least each hour to look distantly at greenery or blue sky, and couple it with a good drink of water.
 
Blink your eyes slowly and close them for a few minutes – feel the relief in your eyes. If you are working your eyes more, take more breaks. Sleep at least 6 hours each day. Your eyes work harder than you do, they deserve to shut down and rest.
 
Did you know that there have been considerable innovations in eye drops? Your eyes have layered protection with a mucous layer on the eye surface, water layer in the middle, and an outermost oil layer to keep water trapped and maintain moisture.
 
Your tears replenish these layers of protection, and some eye drops have the same ability. Your PharmaChoice pharmacist can help you select eye drops to treat dry eyes, and recommend supplements to maintain good eye health.
 
What about nutrition? Your eyes have the smallest blood vessels in your body, so nutrition that’s good for your cardiovascular health is also good for your eyes!
 
Vitamin A and C are rather important for eye health, so go for those red and orange fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are also important providers of carotenoids which help protect your eyes from damage.
 
Addressing eyecare requires consideration of your overall health.  Eyecare requires regular visits to your health care team, including your doctor and optometrist.
 
Monitor and discuss any changes in vision to a healthcare professional as soon as possible.  Eye damage can progress quickly and noting eye changes may help diagnose other health conditions.
 
Immediately seek professional advice for any eye symptoms beyond mild irritation or discomfort, or if symptoms persist.

Roses Stewart
Victoria Square Pharmacy PharmaChoice
Prince Albert, SK
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