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5 Facts You Need to Know About Astigmatism

They say having Astigmatism is like driving through life with a “warped windshield”. Though there is no known cause for most cases of Astigmatism, it is usually attributed to an imperfection in the shape of the eye, particularly the cornea, which is responsible for most of the eyes ability to “bend light” or focusing most of the light which enters the eye.

Due to the irregular shape, the eye’s ability to focus is inhibited. So images may appear distorted or blurred. Astigmatism is a term commonly known but there are still little known facts about this condition.

  1. Most people have it but don’t know it. Because some mild types of this condition don’t affect vision, most people aren’t aware they have it. It is also more common in young people and women. Astigmatism often occurs in puberty. It may also be present in birth and can increase in intensity through the years.
  2. It can go away. Most people do not experience symptoms nor do they require treatment. But prescription eye glasses or contact lenses have been known to treat Astigmatism in its early stages.
  3. The Diabetic Connection. High blood sugar levels can affect the eye, particularly the shape of the lens, which is responsible for the focusing power of the eye. This is called Diabetic retinopathy and occurs when the tiny blood vessels in the eye are blocked.
  4. Rubbing can cause eye weakening. Commonly seen in people with allergies, chronic vigorous rubbing of the eyes can cause of the cornea and eventually cause increased pressure and and irregular change in the shape of the eye.
  5. Exercising can help. This may seem odd but if you really think about it, our eyes are muscles and so they need to be kept in shape. One helpful exercise is to read and avert your gaze periodically. Start by reading one paragraph then shifting your gaze to a nearby object and then go back to reading. Doing this repeatedly will strengthen your eye muscles and improve your ability to focus.

 

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7 Sight Saving Tips for a Brighter Future

When we think about the future we often focus on securing our lives financially. But there is one aspect we often overlook: eye health. Even though we enjoy clear vision, caring for our eyes doesn’t end at achieving 20/20 vision.

1. Follow the 20-20-20 rule.  We spend most of our lives facing digital screens so it’s easy to suffer from eye strain without meaning to. In order to avoid this, we must make it a habit to follow the 20-20-20 rule: throughout the day, we must take 20 seconds every 20 minutes to look away from our computers at an object 20 feet away.

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2. Stick to a Balanced Diet. Watching what you eat not only helps you slim down and protect you from diseases, it can also help reduce the risk of eye disease such as cataracts. Foods rich in Vitamins in antioxidants also maintain clear vision.

 

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3. Move. Exercising regularly can do wonders to your overall health and this includes our eyesight. Regular walking, for instance, not only improves circulation but reduces the risk of future visual deterioration.

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4. Just Say No. Cigarette smoking can cause lead to poor eye health and conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, dry eyes and even, infant eye disease.

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5. Know Yourself. More than eye exams, you should also make sure to get tested for Hypertension or Diabetes. These conditions, when not addressed early on, can lead to ocular hypertension, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

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6. Shield Yourself. Dry air and prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause potential damage to your eyes. So admire the beauty of nature without putting your health in jeaopardy.

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7. Learn from the Past. To look forward to your future, you should be able to look back and learn from the past. By having a thorough knowledge of your family’s health history can help you take early action to avoid possible health risks in the future.

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The Department of Health proclaimed August “Sight Saving Month” as a response to the worldwide health issues of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment.

Caring for our eyes means caring for our whole bodies as well. So, as this month draws to a close, let’s not forget to keep all these tips in mind all year round, ensuring overall health for a better tomorrow.