We rely heavily on our eyes every day, yet we often take them for granted. We spend too much time staring at bright screens, going out into the sun without any eye protection, and overtaxing them by close reading and burning the midnight oil during exams.
Yet most of us tend to be unconcerned about our eye health as long as we can see clearly.
Don't wait until you develop blurry vision before paying attention to your eyes. Start taking care of your peepers with these five simple habits:
1. Reduce screen time
Singaporeans clock in an average of 12.7 hours daily on various screens such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets. This can cause eye strain and dry eyes. These devices also emit blue light, which is harmful to your eyes. To reduce your exposure to blue light, make the effort to cut down on your screen time, adjust your screen settings, or invest in special goggles that filter it out.
2. Take a break to reduce eye strain
If you find it difficult to cut down the amount of time you spend looking at screens, make it a point to practise the 20-20-20 rule: take a 20 second break every 20 minutes of screen time to look at something that is 20 feet (or 6 metres) away.
3. Avoid exposure to UV light
Excessive exposure to UV light from sunlight or other light sources can be damaging to your eyes. Get a good pair of sunglasses that completely blocks both UVA and UVB light, and make it a point to wear them whenever you are outdoors during the day. Make sure you get enough antioxidants in your diet as they can help protect body tissues from oxidative free radical damage.
4. Avoid rubbing your eyes
Even though it might provide immediate relief or distraction from irritated or itchy eyes, it can exacerbate the problem and further worsen the discomfort. Rubbing your eyes with dirty hands can also lead to eye infections. Use some eye drops to soothe eye irritation instead.
5. Get the right kind of nutrition to optimise your eye health
Getting the right nutrition is key to keeping your eyes healthy. Berries are good for this purpose, as they are packed full of antioxidants and other nutrients. Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals and protect body tissues — including eye cells — from oxidative free radical damage. Berries also contain anthocyanins, which have been found to be beneficial to people with cataracts, and could help to protect the retina from damage caused by ageing and overexposure to light. Berries also contain vitamin C, which may slow down macular degeneration and vision loss.
Nutrient-rich BRAND'S® InnerShine® Berry Essence
Each bottle of BRAND'S® InnerShine® Berry Essence contains seven types of berries from America and Europe. These berries are acai berry, blueberry, chokeberry, elderberry, cranberry, strawberry and blackcurrant.
BRAND'S® InnerShine® Berry Essence is fortified with zinc and vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is essential in the functioning of the eye.
Thanks to BRAND'S® patented Triple Safety Cap, BRAND'S® InnerShine® Berry Essence is free from artificial preservatives.
This easy-to-drink essence is ideal for those who spend a lot of time in front of screens, or are constantly exposed to UV rays from sunlight. Best served chilled, each bottle can be enjoyed in the morning as part of your breakfast routine.
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