Ever imagined a day without your eyes? Unimaginable right? From reading texts to composing emails, to enjoying the favorite Netflix series, its our eyes that play one of the most important roles in all our daily activities. However, we often ignore the fact that our eyes get tired too, and need the right amount of care and love to ensure clear vision forever. When speaking to HotFridayTalks, specialist ophthalmologist Dr. Rosy Bose pointed out some of the basic tips and shares some valuable advice, which we really need to keep our eyes healthy.
Currently, a specialist ophthalmologist working with the government of West Bengal, Dr. Bose says, “In the busy lives of today’s era, we conveniently forget to get our eyes tested and only remember to see our ophthalmologist when a major visual havoc has been already caused.” Rosy also added that if we do not use proper glasses or use glasses inadequately, it can lead to permanent damage of visual acuity of our eyes. “Hence, despite our hectic schedules we should regularly get our eyes checked by our ophthalmologist, at least every 6 monthly” she adds.
Due to the heavy usage of screens before us, all day, computers and even spectacles these days are designed to protect our eyes. Regarding this, Rosy says, “In today’s era of computer and screens anti-glares are useful. Intermediate, computer vision or occupational progressive glasses are of importance. Photo-chromatic, UV protection glasses can be of help. However, it is mandatory to get proper eye rest if you require screens for regular work. Artificial tears as per your eye doctor’s advice may be required at times.”
Although we care barely imagine a life without phone or computer screens in front, Rosy advises to avoid excessive screen-usage and even if we have to, we should maintain adequate distance from the screen. Other than that, “We must eat healthy food, especially Vitamin A and other nutrients which contribute to the healthier eye. Adequate control of comorbidities like Diabetes, Hypertension, thyroid, dyslipidaemia is mandatory” adds Dr. Bose.
When we asked, whether there are any exercises or drops that can be used regularly for the well-being of our eyes, she says, “Eyes are god gifted highly specialized sophisticated cameras. Adequate visual rest in between work is mandatory. Exercises and drops should be used only after thorough evaluation of every case by an adequately qualified ophthalmologist, though personal regular care as stated in the general tips for healthy eyes is of utmost importance.”
We rarely come across people without a number on their eyes. So, for those who use spectacles and contact lenses, Rosy advises, “Unless the spectacle is only a reading glass (which is used solely for near vision) it should be used constantly. Spectacles are provided to make good for the inability of the eye to focus on the object of interest on to the retina. Inadequate usage can cause strain, watering, headache and various asthenopic symptoms. Prolonged lack of usage can even jeopardize vision permanently.”
For those who use contact lenses, “It is very important to maintain adequate hygiene of lenses and the storage system. The carrying case should be properly cleaned and the solution for storage should be adequate. Use of contact lens without proper caution can lead to redness watering, itching, allergy, dreadful vision-threatening consequences like corneal ulcer etc” she adds.
Now that we are aware of the simple methods to keep our eyes healthy, we must ensure that we take out some time for this essential sense organ, without which our lives would have been different altogether!
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