Your eyes need TLC

2018-09-20 06:00

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OKAY, eye care is not exactly on the very top of your list when you think about health. But unsurprisingly, your eyes are in much need of some TLC too. When it comes to eye care, you’re definitely going to need some professional help.

Wearing the incorrect size contact lenses

Wearing contact lenses are all fun and games until you scratch your eye’s surface (not kidding). Ruahan Naude, CEO of Dynamic Vision, says that you need to have your cornea properly measured in order to prescribe contact lenses that will fit the eyes.

By wearing the incorrect sized lenses, you risk not only experiencing dizziness but you could potentially damage your eyes.

“If a lens fits too tightly, the cornea will not receive nourishment from the natural tears that coat the eye”, explains Naude.

This could lead to a whole host of problems such as blurred vision, pain and light sensitivity.

Not updating your prescription glasses

If you’re already wearing prescription glasses you still need to be getting your eyes regularly checked. Wearing glasses that no longer fit or prescription lenses that are no longer accurate, could lead to you experiencing dizziness, headaches and blurred vision.

Using over the-shelf-glasses

Over-the-shelf reading glasses are a great quick fix but it’s never going to be as great as the real thing. If used for a long period of time, they can cause eyestrain and, double vision. And if theres an underlying problem, you could risk making your vision worse.

Overusing eye drops

If your doctor hasn’t prescribed you eye drops, then you really shouldn’t be using them. Most commercially available eye drops are decongestants and contain vasoconstrictors.

This means that while they may get rid of redness, they are shrinking the outer blood vessels in the white of your eyes. At the same time this dries out your eyes.

Neglecting eye tests

When was the last time you had your eyes checked? If you took a while to answer, its probably time for you to visit an optometrist.

By having a professional eye examination you rule out any eye diseases or vision problems. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems can help prevent vision loss. - HEALTH24


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