4 tips for taking care of your eyes 16 May 2017 Without you being aware, your eyes are being stressed to all day long. Pollution, heating, air conditioning, sunshine, computer screens, contact lenses … All these factors contribute to drying and tiring your eyes. (dry and tired eyes) To take care of your eyes, the first habit to get into is to consult an eyecare professional regularly. In fact, you might have a vision problem that requires correction. Protecting your eyes also depends on everyday habits. In this article, the Clinics Michel Pop will give you four tips that you can apply easily. 1) Wear Sunglasses Did you know that your eyes can get a sunburn? Every year, the International Day of the Sun takes place on May 3rd; Just before summer! The Michel Pop Clinic would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the dangers of the sun for your eyes. Protecting your eyes from the sun is essential when you know that prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays without adequate protection can cause permanent damage and increases your chances of developing cataracts or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) So give yourself a pair of glasses that can block 100% of UVB and UVA rays, and avoid looking directly at the sun, even when wearing sunglasses. 2) Get Enough Sleep Have you ever experienced dry or itchy eyes after a short night? These symptoms are those of eyestrain! Infact, just like you, your eyes need rest inorder for them to be healthy. To take care of your eyes, it is recommended to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. 3) Change your behavior in front of screens Tv’s, Smartphones, computers… We use screens in our personal lives as well as in our professional lives. (S’ils ne peuvent déclencher des problèmes oculaires d’ordre anatomique tels que la myopie, )These devices might not trigger anatomical ocular problems such as myopia, they can cause dryness and eye strain. If possible, start by limiting your exposure to screens. Then, when using screens, it’s best to look away from the screen at least every 20 minutes. Look out the window or just close your eyes a few times to let them rest. When looking at a screen, remember to blink regularly. This may seem obvious, yet when our eyes are fixed on a screen, we tend to blink less! Finally, if you experience real discomfort while using any sort of screen, you need to protect your eyes more. There are anti blue light glasses that you can get to help protect your eyes, as our eyes do not possess sufficient natural protection for this type of light, and you can also lubricate your eyes with artificial tears. 4) Fill up with Vitamines To take care of your eyes, incorporate vegetables and foods rich in omega-3, zinc and lutein into your diet. It is advisable to consume: Oranges, peppers and Brussels sprouts for their vitamin C benefits Nuts and vegetable oils for their richness in vitamin E Broccoli for their lutein content Fish for its omega-3 content It’s important to note that these foods do not have the ability to improve your eyesight or prevent the development of an anatomical eye disease such as myopia; They are nevertheless essential to the health of your eyes! In addition to applying these four tips for taking care of your eyes, you can keep your eyes healthy by exercising, by removing your contact lenses each night as well as using Make-up remover daily. Your eyes are precious and work all day long. Take care of them!