The Eyes Have It

When it come to our health, there are certain parts of our bodies that we take great to look after. We brush our teeth daily, use mouthwash, and visit the dentist regularly. Unfortunately, not everyone takes as good care of their eyes as they do their mouths. But our eyes are so important! So read on to find out how you can look after them better and ensure that they are as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Conjunctivitis

One of the most dreaded conditions that you get to get in your eyes is conjunctivitis. This is a bacterial condition that results in sticky, itchy eyes, that can sometimes be hard to open when you have been asleep. It’s also a very infectious condition, which means it’s vital if you suspect you have this that you stay at home and minimise contact with anyone else until it is passed.

Most case of conjunctivitis can be treated at home with over the counter eye drops, and removing the discharge with cotton wool soaked in warm water. Of course, as it is so infectious you must use different pads for each eye, and for every time that you do it.

If the infection is not clearing up on its own, it can also be useful to get some antibiotic from you doctor, that can help.

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Styes

Another bacterial infection that we need to watch for around the eye areas is hordeolum, more commonly known as a stye. This results from the Staphylococcus bacteria getting into or around the eye area and results in a lump known as an abscess.

These can be quite painful, especially if the rub against the eye when you blink. Treatment is again usually done at home, with a compress of a hot flannel applied to the area for 5 minutes regularly until the dye burst and goes down.

Contacts lenses

Of course, using good quality contact lenses, and cleaning them properly is also an important part of eye care. As contact lenses make direct contact with your eye, they need to be clean and sanitary when you put them in.

 

You can do this by always washing your hands before you touch them or your eyes. As well as rinsing them properly with the correct solution. Also never rinse them in water, as this contains many bacteria that could cause damage to the eye. Similarly, don’t swim in them either for this reason. Some people are even known to pit their lenses in the mouth to clean them, something else that should be avoided at all costs.

Dry and tired eyes

With so many of us using computers all day every day, dry and tired eyes can be a very common problem. But what can we do about it? Well, first of all, it’s essential to take regular breaks from screen work to allow you eyes to rest.

Also, you can use over the counter eye drops to relieve tired and dry eyes. You may even consider using a gel eye mask that you place in the freezer to chill, to help you relax them in the evening.

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