Five tips to preserve your sight

Eyes and vision must be taken care of at any age. Don’t wait any longer for your appointment with the ophthalmologist, which is getting too long: he already begins to take care of the apple of your eyes on a daily basis.

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Ophthalmologist Damien Gatinel and neuropsychologist Sylvie Chokron reveal, before Ali Rebeihi’s microphone, five tips to take care of your eyes in the long term.

Think about hydration

We keep telling you, but hydration is important. Damien Gatinel explains that the eyes can be hydrated in different ways.

  • First, you can regular use of saline solution. According to the professional, this will have a moisturizing and local cleansing effect.
  • then insist on wink. “You have to try to blink more often, even if it means forcing yourself. This causes a small tear secretion, which spreads the tears around the eye.”
  • Finally, it also recommends drink well, as this can prevent desiccation of the vitreous humor or of the eye in general. Drinking often can help prevent certain discomforts such as the appearance of floaters in the vision.

watch your eyes

Like the rest of the body eyes require some maintenance, care, hygiene. Even if you don’t necessarily think about it, you shouldn’t neglect them.

  • The two specialists are unanimous: it is necessary stop rubbing your eyes. For Damien Gatinel, the gesture can cause problematic injuries. “When patients rub their eyes too hard, we can observe corneal deformations in all stages that can lead in some cases to pathologies such as keratoconus.” Especially since our hands are not necessarily clean… “The rubbing gesture is already harmful in itself, but we must not forget that many times we have things, products on our hands, which adds an additional risk of inflammation in the cornea” specifies Silvia Chokron.
  • Instead, it is recommended in case of discomfort to use physiological serumthat hydrates and cleans according to the two guests.
  • If rubbing the eyes is strongly discouraged, massaging the eyelids (but not the eyes) is a gesture that can be helpful. In particular, it is recommended to avoid chalazions, these eyelid swellings that can become recurrent in some people. Damien Gatinel describes how to proceed: “You have to press the lid on itself, but don’t rub it against the eye. It’s best to demonstrate this directly in front of the patient.”

sleep in a good position

The same way you rub your eyes, having a poor sleeping position can degrade your optic metabolism. This is how Damián Gatinel explains it. “Many patients sleep on their sides or face down, which is highly inadvisable. When you sleep on your stomach, you have to put your head on one side or the other and you’re going to squeeze your eye, which is not good. it can increase the pressure in your eye.” Sylvie Chokron adds: “In bedding, we have mites, germs, irritants, by-products, detergents and fabric softeners that will just come in contact with the eye surface, cause itchiness, friction. This friction will continually contaminate the eye throughout the day. , creating a vicious circle.

In conclusion, both advocate sleep on your back, or if you want to maintain your current position, avoid pressing your eye against the pillow or your hand.

Go out for some fresh air

To reduce the risk of eye strain or worsening myopia, Sylvie Chokron and Damien Gatinel advise us to adopt some daily habits.

Guests want to set the record straight on blue light. According to them, we often think that our eyesight is threatened by our exposure to screens and blue light. In short, Damien Gatinel says that while we have long believed that blue light from screens is harmful to our eyes, this is a fact that has not been clinically proven. According to the ophthalmologist, there is no consensus on this. According to him :

Screens are more of a lifestyle issue than visual hygiene.

More than that, it is above all the lifestyle linked to the increase in screen time: not going outside, being too close to the screen, etc. Sylvie Chokron: “The screen requires a lot of vision. So up close, people aren’t always at a good distance and don’t blink enough. People who work on the screen are passive and non-sports by definition. All of these cumulative factors are responsible, perhaps ultimately, for a more or less direct visual impairment. But it’s not necessarily the blue light from the screens.”

Here are some tips recommended by the two specialists.

  • It is importantbe in regular contact with outside air and natural light. Sylvie Chokron: “We know that outdoor activities are not only activities in the outside ambient air that protects the eye. Also the activities that we do outdoors (playing, doing sports, contemplating the landscape, etc.) use our vision of far. It’s not at all the same use of our eye as converging near vision, indoors or even on a screen.”
  • For people who are often on screens, it is necessary to regularly switch between near and far vision. Sylvie Chokron: “The screen puts a lot of pressure on your vision and people don’t blink enough and they’re not always at a good distance, they’re too close. The best thing, when working for a long time in front of a screen, is to relieve your gaze every twenty minutes by taking your eyes off the screen.. This allows you to look into the distance and ease your accommodation.”

Eat well

And yes, the view is also kept on the plate. The two health professionals recommend a Mediterranean-type diet, in addition to a balanced diet. In particular be careful to get enough zinc, lutein and omega 3.

Damien Gatinel lists a short list of interesting foods for eye metabolism:

  • Oily fish like salmon
  • broccoli
  • carotenoids (orange fruits and vegetables)
  • leafy vegetables

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