11 simple ways to take care of your eyes in your 20s
Eyes are the windows to one’s soul, and it’s extremely imperative to take care of these windows. Eye sight is one of the most crucial senses of a man. As you hit your 20s, the hectic and busy lifestyle and responsibilities can make eye care the last priority on your to-do list. And that’s not fair. We tend to take such little things for granted and forget how valuable they are.
But we are here to remind you and help you out. Listed below are a few simple ways you can pamper your peepers now so you can enjoy all the wonderful sights of your life later:
1. Eating a balanced diet
The right food can do wonders for the health of your eyes. The diet chart you learned about in school comes in handy for this. Green and leafy vegetables, oily fish, non-meat protein sources like eggs, beans, and nuts, and citrus fruits and/or juices should be a part of your daily meals.
2. Wear suitable sunglasses
UV rays can do irreversible damage to eyes. So the next time you go out to buy sunscreen lotion, add “sunglasses” to your list as well. But not just any sunglasses. Special sunglasses that protect the eyes against harmful solar radiation or the blue light from computer screens will help keep your eyes in good shape.
3. Drink and smoke cautiously
Excessive drinking and/or smoking will not only hurt your liver and lungs, but it may be the cause of your eyes getting weaker as time passes. So drink and smoke with caution. Your eyes will be grateful that you did.
4. Remove eye make up every night
It may seem like a tedious task, but if you have a habit of going to bed without removing your makeup, you need to start doing so right away. Sleeping with eye makeup can cause the eyes to go dry and become red and irritated, and the makeup residue can make things even worse, especially if you wear lenses. So take a few minutes and wipe off everything before you doze off.
5. Exercise regularly
Your eyes are muscles, too, and just like the rest of your body, they need regular exercise to function properly. Eye exercises can help relieve eye strain, increase blood circulation and strengthen weak eye muscles, which is crucial for good vision. The following video contains some great examples of effective eye exercises:
6. Look away from the sun
Exposure to natural sunlight is a great way for your body to acquire vitamin D, which is a crucial nutrient for your eyes to stay strong and healthy as you age. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean looking directly at the sun every time you step out of the house. Keep your eyes shielded and wear sunglasses if possible.
7. Take breaks from the computer screen
In this day and age, it is next to impossible to go a day without using your computer/laptop/phone. So if you can’t avoid them, make sure to take 5-minute breaks in between to lessen the strain on your eyes.
8. Watch your hand hygiene
When you feel an itch in your eye and reach up to scratch it, don’t! From your keyboard to your door handle, there are a lot of surfaces that we run our hands over and that poses a great risk of bacteria travelling from those surfaces to our eyes. Make sure you wash your hands at least 2-3 times a day.
9. Pamper your eyes
Facial, manicure, pedicure, spa treatments, all of these take care of and thoroughly pamper your entire body. But what about your eyes? Your eyes need, and deserve a spa day every now and then. Pamper them with chilled green tea bags, cucumber slices, or something as simple as an ice pack.
10. Regular eye check ups
Many eye-related problems are genetically passed down, and the best way to prevent or cure them is to know the history of eye problems and diseases in your family. Go for regular eye checkups to keep a track of your eyes’ health.
11. Don’t ignore these signs
Any kind of symptom, no matter how miniscule, is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Do not ignore signs such as redness, irritation, blind spots or problems regarding your glasses or contact lenses, and see a doctor immediately if you experience them.
Eyes are one of the most important and the most sensitive parts of our body. Yet it is funny how they go unnoticed and unprotected so often. It is extremely important for them to be taken good care of, just like the rest of your body.
Pay attention to your eyes and reward them for all the hard work they do everyday.