DO’S

  • Do eat eye friendly foods including carrots, diet rich in fruits and vegetables — especially dark, leafy greens which are rich in vitamin A are good for eyes.
  • Do wear protective eyewear. This refers to safety glasses and goggles with side shields, used for sports, gardening and hobbies. Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times stronger than ordinary plastic lenses.
  • Do rest your eyes. Try closing your eyes when given the opportunity.
  • Do wash your hands often to avoid eye infections.
  • Do take a break every 20 minutes to give your eye muscles a rest; look away about 20 feet for 20 seconds.
  • Do get a yearly eye examination to rule out cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.
  • Deep slow breathing can also reduce eye pressure by increasing the drainage of eye fluid (called the lymphatic system), thereby helping patients with glaucoma.
  • Sleep eight hours. Getting enough sleep will help your eyes recover from a long day’s work.
  • Make sure to wash your eyes with clean water every night and every morning when you wake up. This will help keep them from getting infected.
  • Check your blood sugar. Diabetics are at higher risk for eye disease.
  • Avoid dusty areas.
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Don’ts

  • Don’t stare at the sun and other bright lights. Looking directly at bright lights and laser pointers can be harmful to your eyes.
  • Don’t touch your fingers to your eyes after shaking hands with someone.
  • Don’t stare too long at your computer screen, mobile screens, TV or reading material.
  • Don’t work in poor light. Reading in poor light can strain your eyes
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for your health. Studies have linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage. These conditions can lead to blindness.
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