Five tips to keep your eyes healthy

Did you know that your overall health can also impact your eye health? that’s why Maintaining healthy vision isn’t just about getting a regular eye exam.

Leon van Vuuren, founder of Optique Optometrist shares five tips to keep your eyes healthy and promote good eye health.

  1. Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes – but they have to be the right sunglasses.

The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which will not only protect your eyes, but prolong your eye health. Too much UV exposure increases your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair that blocks 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. The wraparound lenses also help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while driving, but don’t necessarily provide extra protection. If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection, but it’s always a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer of protection, plus they also provide a sense of style and fashion. .

  1. Stop rubbing your eyes.

Eye rubbing is a common, seemingly harmless habit that often goes unnoticed. It’s a response to irritation, but it has serious consequences for your eye health and vision. Keratoconus is probably one of the most serious consequences of eye rubbing. Eye rubbing causes the front eye structures (cornea) to thin and distort, resulting in severe visual abnormalities. Itchy and burning eyes aren’t always caused by fatigue. These uncomfortable eyes can be a symptom of allergies, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) or dry eye syndrome. All of these conditions should be treated by an eye care professional to avoid any damage to your eyes.

  1. Practice good eye makeup hygiene.

Eye makeup can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause unsightly and sometimes dangerous eye infections. Any wet eye makeup such as mascara and liquid eyeliner should be discarded three months after opening, to prevent germ buildup. Making sure all makeup is properly removed before going to sleep is something you can do to prevent eye makeup from blocking the important glands in your eyelids. These glands are responsible for helping your tears to function and if they are blocked, blepharitis and dry eyes are some of the expected consequences.

  1. Take care of your contact lenses and wear them as directed.

Contact lenses are safe and easy to use, but they carry a high risk of infection. Wearing old contact lenses, lenses that don’t fit properly, or sleeping in your lenses can cause your eye structures to swell and scratch. These scratches make it easier for germs to get into your eyes. If you use monthly lenses, be sure to replace your contact lens solution daily and dispose of your lenses as prescribed.

  1. Know your risk factors.

It is extremely important to know which conditions (hereditary or acquired) could affect your eyes sooner or later so that you can take precautions if necessary. Systemic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and even tick bite fever can have a big influence on your eye health. When these conditions begin to affect your eyes, it’s important to treat them early to ensure the best possible outcome later. Medications can also have mild to severe effects on the eyes, so it’s important to be informed when starting new medications. Know what could be affecting your eyes and vision, and remember that prevention is better than cure!

Getting a new pair of glasses should be as easy as ordering a cup of coffee, and with Optique, it’s as easy as doing it with their in-store Costa Coffee kiosks.

Whether it’s glasses, contact lenses, or just an eye health checkup, Optique is truly your one-stop-shop for all your eye care needs. When it comes to their services and products, they have a single price and include any lens or prescription prescribed by their optometrist, and you can choose any frame from the entire practice. No limitations, no hidden costs, plain and simple. They offer their “famous R99 eye test” at a fixed price for everyone!

Details: optical.co.za, or follow them on Facebook and Insta.

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