With spring now underway, taking good care of your eyesight is going to be more important than ever, especially since the sun will be out and about potentially creating problems for eyesight across the country. Because of this, we’ve come up with a list of our top tips for Springtime eye care!
Of course, number one on the list is a great pair of sunglasses! These protect your eyes from the serious damage which can be caused by the UV rays of the sun. UV light is especially harmful because it ages the structures of the eye, potentially causing cataracts, damage to the cornea and macular degeneration. Overall eye health can be severely compromised if we do not take the necessary steps to protect them, so get wearing those sunglasses!
Washing the eye
The springtime brings with it a vast quantity of pollen and allergens that are produced from flowers in their full bloom, so pollination is at its peak at this time of year. A substantial rise in the level of pollen has seen a corresponding rise in the irritants and allergens found in the air. Red, watery, itchy eyes can result from the eye coming into contact with these irritants and allergens.
A simple yet effective option to combat this is to wash your eyes. Keeping the eye clean with fresh, cold water is a great way to prevent allergic infections or reactions. This is especially important when we consider that seasonal allergies which accompany frequent congestion and sneezing can massively affect the eye.
Eye drops present a fantastic way for allergens to be washed out of the eye. They can also provide some much-needed relief from the perils of dry, itchy eyes, effectively washing them. If you’re short on eye drops, try using a cold compress instead; they can help relieve and prevent much of the redness and itching we associate with springtime!
Hydration has been shown to be essential when it comes to optimising eye health, particularly when the sun is beginning to show itself in the spring months. Drinking a sufficient amount of water will allow the body to flush out excess salt and provide adequate hydration for the eyes to help in reducing eye strain. This is perhaps the easiest and most effective way to keep your eyes healthy this spring!
This kind of smoke can very easily dehydrate the eyes, causing irritation and redness. Additionally, the numerous damaging chemicals in cigarettes more than doubles your chances of developing uveitis, a condition that works by causing damage to parts of the iris and retina, potentially leading to glaucoma, cataracts, or retinal detachment. The smoke can also block the proper formation of tear ducts within the eye. It’s suggested, therefore, that you completely stay away from smoke in order to protect the health of your eyes. Age-related macular degeneration is a condition which can severely impair vision, and smoking increases your risk of developing this disease by up to four times!
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