The 'eyes' are delicate, complex, sensitive and vital organs to our perception of the things around us. With changing environment and risky lifestyle, such as ultraviolet light from bright sunlight, working on a computer screen or smoking, these factors deem stimulate the chances of faster eyes’ deterioration and consequently cause eye problems such as macular degeneration, cataract, etc. Taking care of eye health is essential and should not be overlooked.
Risk factors that cause early vision deterioration.
Working continuously on a computer for long hours.
Ultraviolet light from sunlight.
The overuse of eyes from studying and reading.
Smoking or being in a smoking environment.
Not getting enough vitamins and nutrients.
Nutrients that nourish the eyes.
According to various research reports, it was found that the intake of nutrients that are high in antioxidants, such as consumption of colorful fruits and vegetables contributes to the maintenance of eyesight and prevent visual impairment. There are 3 important nutrients that help maintain the health of the eyes and reduce free radicals that damage the lens of the eye:
Lutein is a natural nutrient that belongs to the group of carotenoids. Within the eyes, it is mostly found in the macular region (image-receiving area) of the retina. It acts by protecting against radiation from sunlight, filters eye-damaging blue light and helps protect retinal cells by reducing free radicals that damage the eyes. The body needs to get lutein from food, especially from dark green vegetables such as kale, amaranth, lettuce, spinach, etc. And it was found that taking 6 milligrams of lutein per day can reduce the risk of macular degeneration by 50 percent.
Bilberry extract is a nutrient group of bioflavonoids with high antioxidant activity which helps protect the lens of the eye, strengthens the collagen (the structure of the cornea) and the capillaries in the eyes. It makes the capillaries less fragile and prevents clouding of the eye cells that cause cataract. Bilberry extract can also improve vision in dim light or darkness.
Beta-carotene is a natural nutrient mostly found in carrots and pumpkin. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps to improve vision in the darkness and prevents night blindness. It is also an antioxidant that helps nourish the eyes and prevent many types of eye diseases such as cataracts. Beta-carotene also helps to moisturize the mucous membranes in the eyes.
Benefits from lutein, bilberry extract and beta carotene.
Slow down deterioration of the eyesight.
Reduce symptoms of eye strain, ocular fatigue.
Increase capillaries strength of the eye.
Improve vision in darkness.
Prevent macular degeneration.
Prevent cloudy eyes and cataracts.
Prevent diabetic eye disease (retinopathy).
Add moisture to the eyes.
Who should take extra care of eye health?
People who work on a computer screen for long hours.
People who use their eyes a lot from reading or driving.
Elderly with eye problems.
People who want to prevent macular degeneration and cataract.
People who want to maintain healthy eyes.
Taking care of your eyesight
Sit at an appropriate distance of about 50-70 cm from the computer screen.
Read or write in a well-lighted area.
Give your eyes some rest. Do not use your eyes for too long hours on computer screen.
Avoid looking at white objects or highly reflective objects in the sun.
Wear sunglasses or wear a hat every time when going out under the strong sun.
Have your eyes checked or see an ophthalmologist at least once a year.
Eat healthy foods that are good for your eyes, such as colorful fruits and vegetables.
How to rest your eyesight.
Continuous use of eyes such as working on a computer screen for a long time may cause eyes fatigue. You should rest and exercise the eyes by
Blinking will help the tears to nourish all over the eye, reducing eye irritation.
Using the palm of your hand to gently press your eyes:
Place the palm of your hand on the closed eyelid, press gently for 1 minute, then release. Repeat 3-4 times, you will feel more comfortable.
Looking into the distance:
Look away from the computer screen for at least 6 meters, looking at the tree, blade of grass or green objects. It will help exercise the eye muscles used to adjust the focus of the lens of the eye.
Circular eye rolling:
Looking around widely 3 times clockwise and 3 more times counterclockwise will help exercise the eye.