GENERAL EYE CARE

With today’s busy lifestyle demands and growing pollution all around, taking some precautions as a routine habit can go a long way to protect our eyes. Here are very basics

THE DO’S

  • Wear protective eyewear while driving two wheelers or engaging in hazardous occupational work.
  • Wash your eyes thoroughly before going to sleep and cleanse them of discharges.
  • In cases of foreign body injury or chemical injury wash your eyes thoroughly with clean water and then consult your eye specialist immediately.

THE DON’TS

  • Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol. They are known to cause progression of cataract and other optic nerve disorders.
  • Avoid staring at a PC screen all day take breaks in between to prevent eye strain.
  • Do not watch TV in the dark and do not sit to close to the TV screen (at least 5 feet away)
  • Do not use eye ointments or drops without a doctor’s prescription.

THE MUST

Have a routine comprehensive eye examination by a qualified ophthalmologist at least once in a year.

SUGGESTED ROUTINE EYE CHECK UP TIME LINE (AGE WISE)

0-3 years In case of obvious problems such as squint or premature birth, the child should be taken to a qualified ophthalmologist.

3-5 years At this point of time, the visual acuity is getting focused in a child and it is advised to get a check-up for any refractive error.

12-14 years This is a common age to check children in case they are developing Myopia. If the child complains about headache or pain in the eye, consult the doctor for vision check up.

24-30 years In this age of electronic devices and polluted atmosphere, one eyed check-up is recommended to find out the possibility of

  • Glaucoma,
  • Computer Vision Syndrome,
  • Dry eyes etc.

40 years A comprehensive eye examination is recommended at least once a year for

  • Correction of near vision defects
  • Checking for Cataract
  • Checking Intra Ocular Pressure
  • Checking the status of Retina, especially if you are Diabetic
  • Checking the Optic Nerve