Five everyday wellbeing tips that are also good for your eye health

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Balancing work, a social life, relationships, looking after loved ones and getting eight hours of sleep is no easy task.

As we struggle to prioritise our time, our health and wellbeing is typically the first thing to drop off, and more often than not our eye health is completely overlooked.

With 90 per cent of vision loss avoidable or treated if detected early, it’s important we are looking after ourselves every day to avoid any nasty issues down the track.

To help you maintain your wellbeing and good vision for life, we’ve collated five everyday wellbeing tips that are great for your overall health, and your eye health too.

Eating a healthy diet

According to Optometry Australia’s 2020 Vision Index, 70 per cent of Australians agree that a balanced diet can support eye health, and no, that doesn’t mean just eating carrots!

Studies have indicated that consuming a healthy balanced diet reduces your risk of disease overall and helps to prevent eye problems or disease developing.

Foods containing a range of vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and essential fatty acids are great contributors to overall wellbeing and eye health. To find out which foods you should be eating more of, visit the Good Vision for Life hub here.

Keeping hydrated

Hydration is a major contributor to wellbeing, promoting nourished skin and helping to deliver nutrients around the body. It is equally important for our eyes. Staying well hydrated helps your eyes to flush out toxins, helping to prevent conditions such as dry eye or floaters.

To ensure you remain hydrated, you should aim to consume between eight to ten glasses of water per day.

Reducing screen time

Most Australians believe too much screen time can impact their eyesight, with 78 per cent having experienced eye strain while using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Without regular blinking, which is typically what happens if you stare at screens for long periods, the chances of your eyes becoming strained, dehydrated and/or developing dry eye increases.

It’s important we all take regular breaks from our screens and get outdoors. Not only is this good for our eye health, but for our overall wellbeing as fresh air, sunshine and time spent moving outdoors all contribute to mood regulation, nutrient intake and a healthy immune system.

Taking makeup off

Taking makeup off at night promotes clear skin and minimises the risk of eye infection. Conditions such as dry eye and conjunctivitis are often linked to poor makeup hygiene which is why it’s important makeup is removed at night and products are not used past their use-by date.

By cleansing each night you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing your eyes aren’t at risk of infection, plus you’ll wake up fresh faced!

Prioritising sleep

Sleep affects our overall wellbeing, appearance, mood and health, which is why it’s important we achieve at least seven to nine hours of rest per night.

Ensuring you receive an appropriate night's sleep reduces the chances of developing physical symptoms such as dark circles, puffy eyes, or drooping eyelids – all signs of a poor night’s rest.

Much like the rest of your body, your eyes heal themselves as you sleep. Not getting enough sleep can reduce this healing period and may contribute to:

  • Dry, itchy, or bloodshot eyes
  • Eyes producing less tears
  • Risk of eye infections
  • Eye twitches or spasms
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

Taking care of ourselves doesn’t have to be a pain. By practicing these five, easy wellbeing tips you can promote positive wellbeing and take care of your eye health too.

Combine these everyday tips with a regular trip to the optometrist and you’ll have every chance of maintaining good vision for life.

Use our Find an Optometrist search function to schedule an eye examination today.

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