Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness of these, most of them in low income countries such as India.
Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
The number of people going blind from eye infections has greatly reduced in the past 20 years. This is because restorations of sight and blindness prevention strategies are some of the most cost-effective interventions in healthcare today.
An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired and India with one of the world’s youngest population is at serious risk.
Here are –
- Always give your eyes a ‘break’ by looking away from your computer screens/television for at least 5 minutes every hour
- Splash CLEAN cold water into your eyes at least thrice in a day to relax and rejuvenate them and to stop the harmful radiations from laptops, cell phones etc from drying out your eyes completely.
- Do NOT self-medicate when nursing an eye infection and complete the course as prescribed by doctor.
- Please get your eyes checked regularly at a trusted optician to keep track of changing eye power. Often people neglect this very simple step, placing undue stress on the optic muscles and the retina.
- Simple eye-exercises such as placing your palms on your eyes and rolling your eyeballs whenever you feel your eyes strain can go a long way in maintaining good vision.
Apart from the measures suggested above, certain common foods carry some miracle nutrients for good eye health –
Citrus Fruits (oranges, grape fruits etc) and berries
Citrus Fruits are considered to be powerhouses of vitamin C, which reduces the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
This doe-eye shaped nut is packed with vitamin E, slowing down optic muscular degeneration. One handful provides about half of the daily dose of Vit E.
Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina—low levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome. Omega 3 contained in Fatty Fish not only helps lubricate the brain ‘nerves’ linked to eyesight and thus optimizes upon good eye health but also helps get rid of crow’s feet from around the eyes but also the unwanted puffiness.
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