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Lifestyle changes and home remedies
These tips may help you control high eye pressure or promote eye health.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet can help you maintain your health, but it won't prevent glaucoma from worsening. Several vitamins and nutrients are important to eye health, including those found in dark, leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Exercise safely. Regular exercise may reduce eye pressure in open-angle glaucoma. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate exercise program.
Limit your caffeine. Drinking beverages with large amounts of caffeine may increase your eye pressure.
Sip fluids frequently. Drink only moderate amounts of fluids at any given time during the course of a day. Drinking a quart or more of any liquid within a short time may temporarily increase eye pressure.
Sleep with your head elevated. Using a wedge pillow that keeps your head slightly raised, about 20 degrees, has been shown to reduce intraocular eye pressure while you sleep.
Take prescribed medicine. Using your eye drops or other medications as prescribed can help you get the best possible result from your treatment. Be sure to use the drops exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your optic nerve damage could get even worse.
Because some of the eye drops are absorbed into your bloodstream, you may experience some side effects unrelated to your eyes. To minimize this absorption, close your eyes for one to two minutes after putting the drops in. Or press lightly at the corner of your eye near your nose to close the tear duct for one or two minutes. Wipe off any unused drops from your eyelid.
Tips to reduce eye strain
When you are doing close-up work, make sure you have light directed at your task.
Position the light source behind you and direct the light to your page when reading. The light should be bright but not glaring. If you're reading at a desk, use a shaded light positioned in front of you. The shade will keep light from shining in your eyes.
Keep the room softly illuminated when watching television. Too great a contrast, like watching tv in the dark, can result in eyestrain.
Wear protective eyewear when required for work, sports or recreational activities. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from damaging UV sun rays. Welding arcs or tanning lamps also can burn the cornea much like sunlight. Look for glasses that block 90 to 100 percent of both ultraviolet a and ultraviolet b light.
Use caution when cooking or doing housework. Spattered cooking grease, splashed detergent, garden chemicals or disinfectants can harm your eyes. It is also a good idea to put on protective eyewear for home-repair tasks, hobbies and car maintenance work.
You often can relieve computer eyestrain by changing your work habits and rearranging your workstation and equipment. The mayo clinic provides these guidelines for reducing eyestrain while at your computer:
Take eye breaks by looking away from the computer screen toward an object several feet away. Do this for 10 seconds every 10 minutes.
Many people blink less than normal when working at the computer, and this can result in dry, irritated eyes. Consider using artificial teardrops if you work at a computer for extended periods of time.
Position your computer monitor 20 to 30 inches from your eyes - about an arm's length away.
If you wear glasses or contacts, make sure the vision correction is right for computer work. Most lenses are fitted for reading print, which you do at a closer distance than the position of your monitor.
Good posture will help prevent muscle soreness in the neck and back when working at a computer.
When to seek medical advice
Get emergency medical care if you have sudden changes in vision or injury to your eye. Specific factors that may accompany urgent vision-related medical conditions include sudden onset of:
Severe eye pain or irritation
Vision loss or double vision
Eye floaters, flashes of light or halos around lights
Nausea or vomiting
Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
Confusion, dizziness or trouble talking
See a specialist in vision problems (optometrist or ophthalmologist) if you experience any vision problems that impair your ability to read or write comfortably, drive safely, or participate in everyday activities.
'The eyes are the window to the soul.' while scientific evidence may not back this proverbial statement, it alludes to the fact that eyes are very important. Your eyes are responsible for providing you with vision, perhaps the most important of the senses. However, the eye is a delicate and complicated structure that needs protection.
The ugly truth is that eye injuries can happen at any time and place - not just at work. According to the American academy of ophthalmology, nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home.
Fortunately, taking preventive measures will help you avoid eye injuries, and understanding when to seek medical care can improve prognosis and aid in recovery. Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes safe:
Wear appropriate eye protection. Though there isn't a need to wear safety goggles every waking moment, there are certain activities that require eye protection. Always wear a form of eye protection while playing sports that involve a ball, flying object, racquet, stick or bat. Also, wear safety goggles with side shields when working on or being exposed to projects where chemicals, dust, flying objects or airborne particles are present.
Cook with care. Utilize grease shields when cooking to help prevent grease and oil splatters.
Avoid at-home fireworks. Fireworks are fun and quite the spectacle, but professionals should handle them.
Be mindful of household chemicals. Many cleaning products pose a risk of eye injury and irritation. Read the labels carefully, keep chemicals away from your kids and never mix cleaning products.
Reduce falls in your home. Falling on a table corner or furniture edge can cause severe trauma to your head, including your eyes. Make sure your railings and rugs are secure to help reduce falls. Additionally, think about covering sharp corners and edges with some form of cushioning.
Practice good judgment when purchasing toys. Forgo toys with darts, arrows or other projectile pieces. And keep your kids away from bb and pellet guns until they are officially trained in firearm safety.
Pop your corks carefully. Champagne corks can fire out of a bottle very quickly. Be sure to practice proper cork removal - including not shaking the bottle, holding it away from yourself and others, and keeping the slight downward pressure on the cork as it comes out of the bottle.
Wear the right sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent ultraviolet (UV) protection greatly reduces the risk of UV damage to your cornea, lens and other parts of the eye.
2. Signs your eye may require medical attention. It's important to seek the care of a trained health care professional if you notice these symptoms:
A cut or tear on the eyelid
Trouble with vision
A protruding eye
Blood in the white of the eye
An object in the eye or eyelid that is difficult to remove
Unusual pupil shapes or size
Diagnosing and treating an eye condition early is the best way to ensure recovery. Don't hesitate to visit your health care provider if you have concerns about an eye injury or condition.
3. What to do if you suffer an eye injury. Again, seek medical care immediately. Neglecting to do so can potentially lead to long-term eye damage and even blindness.
Here are a few things to help lessen the chance of further damage prior to reaching your health care provider:
Refrain from touching or rubbing your eye.
Don't put any medication or ointment on your eye.
If there is an object in your eye or eyelid that isn't easily removable, don't try to take it out.
Flush out chemicals with clean water.
Good vision helps you live a more active and enjoyable life. By using these tips, you can help keep your eyes healthy and continue to visualize all that the world has to offer.
I'm 20 years old boy. I have a problem with my eyesight. Whenever I use any phone for long time, I feel pain in my eyes. Please give me suggestions what should I do?
If you stare into your cellphone or computer screen for long periods, you may experience eyestrain.
Eyestrain symptoms include sore, tired, burning or itchy eyes. You also may have watery eyes or dry eyes, along with sensitivity to light.
Reduce eyestrain by taking short breaks throughout the day. To do this, close your eyes or focus on something other than your screen for a few minutes every hour or so.
I am suffering from a eye weakness for last 4 weeks and I have head pain also. I don't able to see clearly. Can you suggest what should I do.
Are you suffering from digital eye fatigue?
Digital eye fatigue- temporary discomfort due to use of digital devices for more than 2 hours.
To reduce digital eye fatigue
Every 20 minutes
Take 20 seconds break
Look at something 20 feet away.