2021 World Sight Day: How to Love Your Eyes

This World Sight Day, find out what you need to do to prevent sight loss, and to protect, preserve and prioritize vision. Information and graphics for this blog were taken directly from articles from The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness website discussing World Sight Day and more specifically these pages: HOW TO LOVE YOUR EYES – PREVENT, HOW TO LOVE YOUR EYES – PROTECT, HOW TO LOVE YOUR EYES – PRESERVE, MAKE A PLEDGE, and HOW TO LOVE YOUR EYES – PRIORITIZE.

Prevent

Many eye diseases can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is all about eating healthy and adopting healthy habits.

Eating a healthy balanced diet is often the crucial step in maintaining a healthy weight, controlling obesity, and preventing diseases such as Diabetes, all of which can impact eye health.

What can help?

Leading a healthy lifestyle is as simple as

  • Cutting down on smoking, drinking
  • Maintaining healthy weight through healthy eating and exercising
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Protect

While leading a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent several eye diseases it is equally important to protect and take care of your eyes. The risk ranges from severe sunlight, workplace accidents to prolonged exposure to screens at homes. So, what can you do to protect your eyes?

1) Protective Eye Wear

It is important to protect our eyes from harmful radiations like the Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. Using good quality sunglasses is the simplest step we can take towards protecting our eyes from such harmful radiations when we step out of the house.

A healthy workplace is important for your eyes too. If you are among those where work exposes you to hazardous chemicals, radiations, flying particles, and excessive heat, you must use protective eyewear as recommended by occupational standards and guidelines.

2) Clean out your cosmetics

It is essential to maintain good care and cleaning regimen with the use of make-up and eye cosmetics as these can induce issues such as dryness of ocular surface to allergic reactions. We recommend fair use of cosmetics in consultation with your eye care professional.

3) Work in a body-friendly way

Now that the use of gadgets has become an integral part of all our lives, it is important to cut down on screen time and take regular breaks to avoid symptoms such as eye strain, headache, dryness of eyes, and musculoskeletal issues, all of which come under what is referred to as computer vision syndrome or Digital eye strain.

To minimize the symptoms, and to work efficiently, it is important to ensure conscious blinking, regular breaks (20-20-20 rule), good posture, optimum lighting to reduce glare on the monitor, and optimize the work environment to reduce musculoskeletal symptoms. The 20-20-20 rule is a good and efficient pattern to help your eyes from the strain of gazing at screens for a long time. For every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.

Preserve

Plan for—and get—a regular comprehensive eye examination. A comprehensive eye examination will ensure that your eyecare practitioner obtains a detailed medical history and family history to understand your risk factors, followed by checking your vision, eye power, and eye health by instilling dilating eye drops.

Get involved in World Sight Day by making a commitment to #LoveYourEyes. Pledge to have a sight test or care for your eyes and share on social media to encourage others to make the pledge too. When was the last time you got your eyesight checked? Make sure that EVERYONE COUNTS and pledge to #LoveYourEyes to help us towards our million target!

Prioritize

Ensure that eye examinations are a part of your routine medical examination. Prioritize your eye health and consider “Love your eyes” as a life’s mission and also educate your family, loved ones and community regarding the importance of eyes and vision.

When should you get an eye exam?

  • All of us should get our eyes examined once every two years
  • If you have an existing eye condition and have been advised of regular eye examinations by your eye care practitioner, it is important to keep up with the schedule
  • Do plan for an annual eye check-up if
    • You are aged-40 or above
    • Have a family history of Glaucoma (increased eye pressure or any sight threatening complications)
    • If you have Diabetes or Hypertension
    • History of chronic smoking
    • If you are already wearing spectacles and your eye power is high (High myopia)
    • Some red flags for an emergency eye examination would include (but not limited to) seeing flashes of lights, sudden blurring or loss of vision, redness, eye pain, seeing colored rings around light

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