Written By Emma Sturgis / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Vision is one of the most valuable of our physical senses, and it can be easily damaged or lost. That is why it is important to take preventative steps to avoid eye injuries. Here are some basic tips for self-protection.
If you have been prescribed corrective eyeglasses to wear, use them as needed. Not wearing your glasses could affect your vision and make it harder to avoid obstacles or situations where your eyes could be injured.
Without lenses to protect your eyes, you could take a direct hit that might cause serious damage. In a physical work environment, such as a construction site or factory, wear the required or recommended safety gear to decrease the risk of eye injuries.
This doesn't mean the typical home, of course. Areas where there is considerable dust or debris in the air can be harmful to the eyes. This might include walking near a junkyard or a construction worksite.
A family member or hired professional who is sanding wood for a home repair might be releasing extra dust into the air. Sandblasting or spray painting patio furniture is another example of areas to avoid without proper eye protection.
Don't let your eyes get overly dry. Use over-the-counter or prescribed moistening eye drops to keep your eyes from experiencing discomfort or potential harm. You can choose eye gel for a thicker coating of moisture if needed.
Blink often to help your eyes absorb the moisturizing substances and to combat dryness from staring at a computer screen for long periods of time. Some people carry eye drops with them everywhere or keep a container at their work desks for easy access.
Many eye doctors suggest a comprehensive eye exam every two years unless you have special vision concerns or needs, such as a diabetes diagnosis. During the exam, your eyes will be checked for vision ability as well as interior scars or injuries.
The ophthalmologist will dilate your pupils and inform you of any vision changes or physical problems that may need to be treated, such as the formation of cataracts, which may require cataract surgery to prolong your vision. Follow the doctor's advice and wear prescription lenses if needed.
Keep your eyes healthy to protect your vision. Wear sunglasses on sunny days and remove eye makeup before bed at night to help maintain healthy vision for a lifetime.
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Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, Mass. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.