Good eye care habits
I think many of us have heard from our parents and our teachers that we should have good eye care habits. What are good eye care habits?
Firstly, there is a long list of good eye care habits to slow the progression of short-sightedness (myopia). You can find this list at the Health Promotion Board website. Yes, it is indeed a long list, so I shall summarise it for you:
(1) Reduce near work (reading, writing, using the computer) if you can and spend more time outdoors
(2) After every half hour of near work, look out of the window (look far) for a while
(3) Sit 50 cm from the computer
(4) Sit an appropriate distance from the TV
(5) Read in good light
(6) Go for regular eye checks
Here is a slightly different list which I presented to the writer for Ezyhealth and Beauty back in April 2009 (click on the image to enlarge):
Eye rubbing is a habit for some. When I was younger, I used to rub my eyes every night as I lay on the bed to sleep. Did you know that habitual eye rubbing over years can lead to an increase in astigmatism? I advise all my patients not to rub the eyes. The most common reason to rub the eyes is due to dry eyes. So, try lubricating your eyes with some artificial tears the next time you have the urge to rub your eyes. The next most common reason is due to an eye allergy. If you have a history of childhood asthma, allergic rhinitis (lots of sneezing) or eczema (skin rash), you may have some amount of allergic eye disease and this may then cause you to rub your eyes. The treatment for this is anti-allergic eye drops.
Do you know of any other good eye care habits? I am sure you do and I am sure you can share some of them with me apart from the list you will see in this post.