Eye Health Tips To Watch Out For

We have a responsibility to care for our entire body, but there are some parts that can go unnoticed for some time because we don’t think about them as often. Our eyes deal with a lot, so it can be difficult to tell when something of really wrong with them. Here, we’re going to offer a few tips to better care for those eyes.

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Thinking about screen time

One of the most common dangers that affect the eyes is the eyestrain that comes with forcing them to work too hard. In modern life, this is most often caused by too much time with digital screens and not enough natural or warm lighting to contrast those screens. Keeping a bottle of eye drops on hand can help you keep them moist, but if you’re experiencing discomfort and watery eyes after a lot of time facing a screen, taking more breaks or even using blue light reducing apps can help you protect your eyes.

Lifestyle habits that can affect your eyes

Screens aren’t the only thing that can cause your eyes some harm. There are some dangers that might be more surprising in origin. UV radiation due to much exposure to the sun can cause a lot of damage to the eyes, so keeping them shaded and protected is a must. If you’re a smoker, now is a good time to quit cigarettes, as well, since they can affect the blood vessels that directly support the eyes. You’re more likely to experience age-related degeneration of the eyes if you’re a chronic smoker.

It could be more than eyestrain

If you’re experiencing routine bouts of redness, it might be more than just eye strain, especially if it comes with light sensitivity and some pain. Inflammation can affect the eyes, it’s known as uveitis, and some people are more prone to repeat bouts of it than others. There are chronic uveitis treatments that can help you keep it under control. As such, make sure that you’re not just using eye drops if you’re experiencing frequent pain and sensitivity, but talk to your doctor instead and make sure to get a diagnosis so you can treat it more accurately.

Don’t neglect to get a vision test

If you haven’t had a vision test since you were a child, or you are over 65 and haven’t had one in a couple of years, now is the time to arrange a vision test with your optician. We all get more likely to experience some loss of vision as we age, and treating undiagnosed changes to your vision can affect your life in a variety of ways. For instance, many people who experience migraines do so because they have conditions like astigmatism that are not being treated with the right eyewear.

Your eye health is crucial and it’s going to become harder to maintain the longer you let it go without any kind of treatment or intervention. Keep the tips above in mind and don’t neglect to get yourself checked out.

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5 Tips For The Perfect Smile

Did you know that over half of all Americans are self-conscious about their teeth? These figures are especially dispiriting when we consider that it means their confidence will be lowered and, as a result, they may avoid smiling completely. Here are some pointers to help you brighten your smile and boost your self-esteem!

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#1 Avoid eating foods that will stain your teeth

There are lots of foods and drinks that can cause staining to your teeth, whether temporarily or permanently. Avoiding some of these things can keep your teeth sparkling white for longer. Some of the foods that can typically stain include:

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Tea
  • Tomato sauces
  • Cola
  • Berries
  • Bright colored candy and soda

While you do not have to completely eliminate any of the above items, reducing the amount you eat or drink can help bring back your bright, white smile in no time!

#2 Regularly visit the dentist

Lots of people are afraid of the dentist – possibly due to bad experiences as a child – but it is important to remember that the vast majority of dentists have your best interests in mind and want nothing more than for you to be confident with yourself and your grin.  Whether it is a general cleaning and oral hygiene tips you are after, fillings and crowns, or dental implants, a dentist will be able to help you.

#3 Consider your oral hygiene and tooth whitening products carefully

The market is flooded with products that promise to whiten your teeth and give you the smile of your fantasies. That being said, it is critical that you pay close attention to the products you buy, as some can actually cause more trouble to your smile over time – by causing your teeth to deteriorate. Speak with a dental professional before purchasing any whitening products or specialist oral hygiene products.

#4 Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day

It is something that is drummed into us from a young age: brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and use a good quality mouthwash afterward. This is probably the best thing that you can do for your teeth. Try to do it for at least three minutes each time but do not put too much pressure on your teeth. An electric toothbrush is always a good bet. Do not forget your tongue, as well. 

#5 Quit the sugar

We all know that sugar is terrible for your teeth, so remove it as far as possible from your diet. Remember, sugar is found in fruit and fruit juices as well. If you do eat sugary snacks, try to eat them in one go, preferably after a meal, and follow it up with a piece of cheese to mitigate the contact it has with your teeth. One of the worst things that you can do is graze on sugary foods throughout the day.

A great smile goes a long way towards boosting your self-confidence, so take steps now to give yourself the perfect smile. 

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