TIPS ON MAINTAINING HEALTHY EYES

  • Have your eyes examined annually, or at least bi-annnually by an optometrist. Although refractive errors cannot be prevented, early detection can prevent years of straining your eyes. Any eye diseases or condition should also rather be detected earlier, than later.

  • Wear sunglasses. Ultraviolet (UV) rays cause damage to eyes over a long period of exposure.

  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin A, C and E which can be found in vegetables and fruits. This plays an important role in healthy vision and preventing age-related macular degeneration. Zinc, copper and other antioxidants are also essential for proper nourishment of the eyes.

VISION IN CHILDREN

Visual problems in children can contribute to learning disabilities, or even worse, be misdiagnosed as learning disabilities. If your child exhibits any of the following behaviors, it is a good idea to take them for a visual examination:

  • Seems bright, but struggles with reading
  • Tires quick while reading, sometimes associated with irritability and frustration
  • Cannot keep attention for a long period of time
  • Reverses words, numbers or letters
  • Has difficulty remembering spelling of words
  • Frequently loses his place, skips words or whole lines of text
  • Has poor reading comprehension
  • Has difficulty copying from the board to a book and has sloppy handwriting
  • Medication or tutoring has not improved school performance

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE EYE

  • The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the whole body
  • Babies cry but don’t produce tears until one to three months after birth
  • By the time you turn 60, you will be exposed to as much UV light as a nuclear blast
  • 80% of what you learn is through your eyes
  • They eye of an ostrich is bigger than it’s brain
  • The giant squid has the largest eyeball on the face of the earth. At 18 inches across, it’s about the size of a beach ball
  • It is impossible to sneeze without closing your eyes
  • Each of our eyelashes has a life span of approximately five months