General tips on eyecare for all

✓ Wash the eyes with cold water in the mornings – it is soothing

✓ Use sunglasses in sunlight to block the UV rays.

✓ Always wear correct glasses & do not use someone else’s glasses.

✓ Do not read while lying down, in a moving train or bus.

✓ Ensure there is proper light – do not read in dim light.

✓ A well balanced diet is important. Food which have lot of coloured pigments like carrot, mangoes, beetroot etc. are rich sources of vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for eyes especially in children. Lack of vitamin A in children can cause night blindness.

✓ Periodic eye checkup-at least once a year for people having normal vision or as & when advised if have any eye problems

✓ Avoid self-medication for eyes – it can be dangerous.

✓ Do not watch solar eclipse without any protective eye wear.

✓ Certain eye exercises helps to relieve tension from the eye muscles and relaxes them thereby preventing eyestrain.

✓ If you have diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) periodic eye checkup is important.

✓ If there is any family history of myopia, Glaucoma, Retinal detachment-periodic eye checkup is necessary.

✓ Any crossing of eyes, excessive watering or redness of the eye should be reported to your eye doctor immediately. With proper treatment at the right time the problem can be solved more effectively.

✓ Routine eye checkup for children is necessary to rule out possibility of eyeglass numbers.

✓ If the child is squeezing his eyes while watching TV, rubbing eyes excessively or blinks too much, he might need glasses.

✓ If the child has glasses number, it should be checked every six months to one year.

✓ Do not let children play with sharply pointed objects like pencil, pen etc. many eyes are lost because of eye injury eg. bow & arrow.

✓ In case of eye injury due to a fall or ball injury do not neglect it. The eye doctor should be consulted immediately.