Our eyes are a very important organ, which is why taking good care of the eyes have become something everyone is advocated to take seriously. Both Governmental and non-governmental organizations have taken a keen interest in ensuring that people in every community have the best eye health. It is on one of such occasions that the general public have been advised to eat more foods that contain Vitamin A to help in the protection of the eyes.
Dr Evelyn Oteng , an eye specialist at the Wenchi Methodist Hospital gave the advice when she addressed a durbar organised by the Resource Link Foundation (RLF) to mark the 10th anniversary of “Ghana/The Netherlands Partnership and Reading Festival” at the Jubilee Park, Wenchi in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
On the theme “Promoting Education through Reading- the Multi-Stakeholder Agenda”, the programme was attended by pupils and students from 11 basic schools within the Wenchi Municipality.
Dr Oteng said that a lot of people, particularly school children were having eye conditions that were negatively affecting their academic performances and therefore urged the general public to eat balanced diets with plenty of vegetables and fruits to protect the eye from eventual impairment.
Dr. Oteng stated that living in unhygienic environment could also affect the eye because of dirt and other foreign materials and stressed the need for regular hand washing to avoid touching the eyes with dirty hands. She emphasised the need for everybody to go for eye test at least once every year for early prevention of eye disease(s).
Dr. Oteng entreated the school children to study under brighter lights for the healthy condition of their eye.
In addition to eating foods that are rich in vitamin A, doing these other things can also help in improving eye health:
1. Quit Smoking
It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems. If you’ve tried to kick the habit before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.
2. Wear Sunglasses
The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive.
If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.
3. Use Safety Eyewear
If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
Sports like ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.
4. Look Away From the Computer Screen
Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance and dry eyes.
5. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best.
Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to spot them early on, when they’re easier to treat.