We use our eyes every minute of every day. Like every other organ in our body, our eyes go through wear and tear; and can break down over time. This can result in untreatable problems as we grow older - even blindness. And once major problems manifest, they can be incredibly hard, or even impossible to cure.
ARE YOU TAKING PROPER CARE
OF YOUR EYES?
The average Malaysian spends 14 hours a day looking at screens.
Children, working adults, and the elderly all spend most of their day staring at one screen or another. Long-term exposure to blue light from screens severely impacts our visual health. This blue light generates a vast number of free radicals, which harm the retina and lead to loss of vision.
Looking at screens up close for too long also forces the ciliary muscles in our eyeballs to contract and overwork, damaging your eye's ability to focus. The combination of these creates a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS.
COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME
Difficulties in Focusing
Neck & Shoulder Pain
COMMON EYE DISEASES
Glaucoma is a condition that damages your eye optic nerve. It gets worse over time. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Glaucoma is a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and sickle cell anemia.
A cataract is the opacification (clouding) of the eye lens, which prevents clear vision and usually progresses to blindness if left untreated. Cloudy eyes are symptoms of cataracts that cause clouding of the lens inside the eye. This condition can be corrected with cataract surgery. Generally, older people develop cataracts. However, if young people develop cataracts, it may be a sign of diabetes, tumors, or any side effects of certain medications.
Diabetes damages blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye. It commonly affects both eyes and can lead to vision loss if it is not treated.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease affecting the central area of the retina (macula) at the back of the eye.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Night blindness is when experiencing difficulty in seeing in low light like at night. It may be indicative of cataracts or poor vision which may be corrected with the help of prescription glasses. It may also indicate a deficiency of Vitamin A in the body.
Blurred or unclear vision may be a sign of diabetes. Poor control may further result in diabetic retinopathy – a condition in which tiny blood vessels in the eyes may leak certain fluids and blood. Abrupt loss of vision may be a sign of irregular blood flow to the eyes or the brain. Despite the vision returning to normalcy quickly, it may still be a warning sign of the initial phase of a migraine or a stroke.
Yellowish eyes and skin are indicative of jaundice. This means possible liver problems caused by increased levels of bilirubin produced by the liver when it is damaged or inflamed. Chronic alcohol abuse, infection, cancer, improper dietary habits are some of the common reasons for liver damage.
Various factors are responsible for causing dry eyes. These include the amount of time spent staring at digital screens, the environment, and hormonal changes. With prolonged hours staring at digital screens, our eyes are at a greater risk of developing digital eye strain. The eyes become dry, irritated, and red when we do not blink for a long time. Some forms of arthritis are also linked to dry eyes.
The 4P to take care of your eyes:
Many eye diseases can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is all about eating healthy and adopting healthy habits.
Natural Astaxanthin from microalgae (ASTAREAL Japan)Astaxanthin strengthens the eye’s ciliary muscle to help relieve eye strain and improve eye focus.
Lutein & Zeaxanthin from Marigold flower Lutein & Zeaxanthin support the retina to filter harmful blue light to prevent vision loss.
BETA-C - Organic Carrots & Organic Acerola Berries:
Carrots are rich in Beta carotene, a plant-based vitamin A that supports the health of the cornea and retina.
Acerola berries are rich in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can delay age-related eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.
What can you do to protect your eyes?
Limit blue light exposure
Turn on the night light on your laptop or the blue light filter on your phone. Reducing blue light during the night will help protect your eye health and help you to have a better sleep.
When outdoors, wear sunglasses with high-quality lenses that block 99 to 100% of UV radiation and around 75 to 90% of visible light.
Take a break (20-20-20 rule)
If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
Maintain body posture when
looking at the digital screen
Use Protective Eyewear
Practice workplace eye safety. If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
Wear eye protection during sports. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.
Preserve our vision by having a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
A comprehensive eye examination will ensure that your eye care practitioner obtains a detailed medical history and family history to understand your risk factors of eye disease. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure.
When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
Prioritize that eye examinations are a part of your routine medical examination.
WHEN SHOULD I GET AN EYE TEST?
All of us should get our eyes examined once every two years.
Do plan for an annual eye check-up if:
You are aged 40 or above.
Have a family history of Glaucoma (increased eye pressure or any sight-threatening complications)
If you have Diabetes or Hypertension
History of chronic smoking
If you are already wearing spectacles and your eye power is high (High myopia)
You have these symptoms: seeing flashes of lights, sudden blurring or loss of vision, redness, eye pain, seeing colored rings around light.
This October, we are celebrating World Sight Day 2021 with the theme of #LoveYourEyes, and EVERYONE COUNTS.
In collaboration with Optimax Eye Specialist Centre for the World Sight Day 2021, we are pleased to offer you a FREE Eye Test on the 23th October 2021 (Saturday).
#LoveYourEyes is all about being aware of your own eye health by doing routine eye examinations and recommend others to do the same.