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- Ensuring proper lighting - need for more light as you get older.
- Protecting your eyes from the sun - Choose sunglasses that:
Provide maximum protection from UV light. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light increases your
chance of cataracts.
Tips to reduce eyestrain
- Modify your workstation. Adjust your workstation and chair to the correct height. Use proper lighting.
- Match the computer screen to the brightness of the environment. The contrast between the background and on-screen characters should be high.
- Take frequent breaks. Full-time computer users should take a 10 minute break every hour.
- Blink more often. Tears in the eye evaporate more rapidly during long non-blinking phases and cause dry eyes.
- Get an eye examination regularly by eye specialist.
- Re-focus your eyes. Look away from your computer screen every 10-15 minutes and focus for 5-10 seconds on a distant object.
- Exercise even when sitting. Move about or exercise frequently.
- Get sufficient sleep. Fatigue promotes eyestrain.
Remedy for dark spots and puffy eyes
- Pollution, stress or examination tension, you have enough reason to be worried about your appearance. There are simple remedies to treat your eyes. You can sit at home relax in your easy chair and take care of your eyes.
- The common advice given is to cool and relax one's eyes with slices of cucumber placed over eyelids.
- A solution of Glycerin and lemon juice applied around the eyes removes dark circles. Also, cotton pads soaked in cold milk and placed around the eyes cools the eyes. A mixture of saffron and honey applied around the eyes can do well. It is believed washing ones face every night with rose-water refreshes the eye. In order to remove puffiness from the eyelids and also for long eyelashes a thin coat of castor oil can be applied before going to bed. Baggy or puffy eyes can be treated by keeping ice cubes on them.
- Most people tend to dose off while reading. However, those who wear contact lenses must ensure that they take them off before sleeping as this could lead to puffy eyes.
- Dip a clean cloth in luke-warm water, squeeze the water out & place the napkin on your eyes. This will relieve stressed eyes.
- Long working hours causing eye strain? Rub your hands for few seconds & place your palms over your eyes. This helps releasing stress.
- Eat Healthy: Green leafy vegetables are a must. Carrot is good for eyes. Ensure that your diet is rich in Vitamins A, B and C. Drink plenty of water - Your system needs purification.
- Make sure you remove your makeup before you go to bed. It is important to get eight hours of sleep. You will feel revitalized and this will reflect in your eyes.
Ears - Preventing noise to avoid hearing loss
- Repeated exposure to loud noise and even a one-time exposure
to loud noise can damage the delicate, sound-sensitive hair
cells in your inner ear. This type of hearing loss is irreversible
but preventable. To protect your hearing: Lower the volume on your TV and stereo
- Direct sound into your ear, headphones can produce
levels of loud enough to damage your hearing. Hold your headset
an arms length away, if possible.
- If you are frequently around loud noise, have your hearing
checked annually. A hearing test can detect mild hearing loss
before the damage is obvious or disabling.
Skin and Hair
- Spotting skin cancer - Remember, no matter what your age, minimizing your exposure to ultraviolet
(UV) light will help reduce your risk of skin cancer.
- Caring your dry skin - for bathing you may use warm (not hot) water for a maximum of 15 minutes.
- Select soaps carefully and Limit use of soap.
- Shampoo use - Start with a mild, non medicated shampoo. Gently massage
your scalp to loosen flakes and rinse thoroughly.
- Treat your hair gently - Dandruff shampoos can be harsh on your hair and scalp. Use a conditioner regularly