5 Tips for Healthy Eyes at Every Age

Feb 26, 2024

Our eyes should always be open to new ideas about how to counteract the effects the elements can have on one’s comfort and health. From wintertime’s dry air to springtime’s pollen and dust; from summertime’s bright sunshiny days to autumn’s winds. Our eyes go through a lot!

We bet you’re all-too-familiar with that glare that blinds us reflecting off snow or the surface of a lake or the ocean, and those blasts of wind that bring dust, pollen and grit to the party. The elements do tend to play havoc with our eyes and they get sore, and red and irritated by a bunch of conditions – all year round. Here are some ways to protect and care for your eyes—for personalized advice, please speak to a healthcare professional.

1. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do to help your body fend off dry eyes. Drink plenty of water and other fluids to help your organs function optimally and help with rehydrating your eyes. Consider increasing your intake of liquids during winter months when the air is usually dryer and in summer months when outdoor activity causes you to lose water through perspiration and heat conditions. Some say that drinking green or chrysanthemum tea is very beneficial for the eyes, especially allergy prone sufferers.

2. Wear Sunglasses – No Matter Your Age

Even on a cloudy day, sunglasses not only protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays but they’ll also add a layer of protection against dust, dirt and wind irritation. It’s also a good idea to invest in a pair of glasses with polarized lenses for an additional level of protection against harmful UV rays but also to help reduce eyestrain, especially from the glare bouncing off water, snow or other bright terrain such as a white sand beach. Check out this list of glare reducing polarized sunglasses for adults, and this site for the best UV protection sunglasses for children. If you’ve got kids or grandkids, encourage them to be proactive in their eye health early on!

3. Bathe Your Eyes

If you do experience dry, irritated eyes, try bathing them with warm water by applying a damp washcloth to each eye for a few minutes. This will help your eyes secrete tears, which in turn helps moisten and rehydrate them. You’ll find this a simple, soothing solution to combat dry, itchy or burning eyes. Use an egg cup or shot glass filled with clear water to rinse your eyes if you suspect grit or dirt is the root cause of irritation.

4. A Humidifier Can Help

This is a great solution for anyone who lives in a cold climate during the winter months when heating systems dry out the ambient air in our homes, leading to dry eyes and skin. Running a humidifier in your home helps combat dry indoor air and it can do wonders to alleviate dry, itchy eyes. What happens is that when the air is too dry, some people’s sinuses don’t perform properly leading to nasal congestion, sinusitis and irritated eyes.

5. Healthy Eating Plays a Part

Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil can help protect our eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome according to some nutritional studies. Try introducing these types of foods to your younger family members early in their lives too.

If you can see a way of implementing these 5 tips into your daily life and that of your family members, the future will look different in so many ways. Our eyesight is a precious gift to be cared for at all times and under all conditions. We also recommend scheduling an annual or bi-annual visit with an optometrist. It’s always a healthy practice, especially for older adults.

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