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Dr. Ukandu Rightway: How To Keep An Eye On Your Eye

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 “The eye is the mirror of the soul” has been quoted through generations and it is as true as it is said. The eye is a vital organ and should be looked after. So many systemic health conditions like diabetes mellitus and hypertension can be detected through the eyes with the help of an expert. The eye has many astonishing details, from having the fastest contracting muscles in the human body, having over a million nerve ends at the optic nerve to your iris (the colored part of your eye) having about 256 unique characteristics than a fingerprint that has just 40. The eye is very complex, almost as complex as the human brain. There are many ways to have healthy eyes.

Water

To be absolutely sure of healthy eyes, start your day by drinking water. Consumption of water in place of flavoured drinks goes a long way to detox and supply much needed hydration for the body. Since the eye contains fluids that keep it working and healthy, water intake supports healthy eyes. At the least, 2 litres a day is a healthy range of consumption of water.

Makeup and contact lenses

Wearing contact lenses (medicated or cosmetic) will definitely bring out the beauty in one’s eyes and a touch of up makeup would do good to the face but it should be noted that the contamination of make-up materials or the contact lens can be very dangerous. Bacterial infections are often gotten from makeup or contact lens or worse corneal aberration, so a lot of care should be given in the use of eye related accessories and facial polishes. Seeing an optometrist once you notice redness or irritation of your eyes helps alleviate any danger it might pose to you.

Nutrition:

Nutrition is absolutely important for healthy eyes. Eating carrots, sweet potatoes, Kale, squash and spinach (EFO RIRO) for Vitamin A, Citrus fruits and Guavas for Vitamin C will definitely fill in for some essential needs of the eyes. Edible greens and supplements containing Zeaxanthin and Lutein have shown to support eye health tremendously and it is encouraged especially with ageing.

Eye hygiene and Eye exercises:

Rubbing your palms until they are warm and placing them on your eyes does a deal of relaxing the eyes.

Rinse your eyes thoroughly after removing make-up with a remover and dry with a soft towel.

Rub the eyelids with a piece of ice and follow up immediately with a soft towel dipped in warm water, pat the eyelids gently with it and repeat the hot-cold compress procedure a few times, giving your eye a much needed  sparkly and refreshing outlook.

Always remember sunglasses, blue coated lenses, anti reflective lenses or tinted glasses, as they protect the eyes from the glare of sunlight, the inevitable use of computer and phone monitor screens. These types of coated lens are used with or without prescription and helps you avoid damage to the eye over time. It also helps reduce one’s chances of having dry eyes.

Try irrigating your eyes by keeping them open and dipping into a bowl filled with clean water (boiled and allowed to cool), this should last for not more than 5 seconds.

See an Optometrist

Eye health is largely ignored but disability from health holds the world at a disadvantage with economic losses of up to 410.7 billion dollars annually. We all need healthy eyes and, in a lot of ways, the eyes definitely say the first words when you meet people, so it will do one a great deal to keep it as healthy as possible. Always make out time to see your optometrist.

 

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Dr. Ukandu Rightway is an Optometrist, Public health enthusiast and Clinic Manager of Visionplus Specialist Eye Clinic Ikeja. He obtained his first degree, Doctor of Optometry, from Imo State University, Nigeria and currently running a Masters Degree in public health at the College of Medicine, Department of Community health, University of Lagos. He is passionate about community based interventions in Public health, healthcare in Nigeria and Africa. He is committed to improving community health and development outcomes in Nigeria. He publishes eye health and disease treatment/prevention/management content on a clinic blog.

26 Comments

  1. Dorothy

    September 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Interesting read . Dr. Rightway is a brilliant Doctor and an even passionate Optometrist that has always displayed competence in his chosen field.

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  2. Gideon Edekunu

    September 10, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    I have been enlightened by this piece. You made it very simple for all to understand.

    Kudos doc!

  3. Akunna

    September 10, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you for this👌🏾

  4. Riya

    September 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Very informative 👌🏽

  5. Oluwakemi Ikhalea

    September 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    This is so educative and mind blowing. ThanQk you sir.

  6. Chidube

    September 10, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Wonderful piece!!

  7. Ak uzoka

    September 10, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Brilliant insight Dr Ukandu 👍🏾

  8. Bright

    September 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Awesome writeup. Quite educating.

  9. Uche

    September 10, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This is so informative about eyecare for laypersons. Well done Dr. Rightway!

  10. Bishop Emeritus Ikenna

    September 10, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Wow! This is extremely helpful! Thanks for this wonderful exposé!

  11. Motunrayo Adebanjo

    September 10, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    This is really nice and helpful, well done Doc. Will ensure I follow instructions, eat healthy, drink enough water e.t.c. Thank you👏.

  12. Orem Laura

    September 10, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Great piece Dr.ukandu
    I learnt something new and exciting today

  13. ugochi Nnaemeka

    September 10, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Doctor, I love the eye exercises.

  14. Judith

    September 10, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Very enlightening article. We need more of this content. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Patience Obiora

    September 11, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Dr Rightway is a seasoned professional. He is one of the best I have consulted so far. Well done Doc. Keep doing great 👍

  16. Ebuka Johnfrank

    September 11, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Very useful information .. thanks doc

  17. Njiogu Osondu Ogbonna

    September 11, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Precise, informative, not buried in technical lexicon. Nicely written.

  18. Princewill Anyanwu

    September 11, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Great content sir.. Now i know a lot i never used to know. Thank you for this doc.

  19. Zizi

    September 11, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Great piece. Never knew the eyes could be Exercised

  20. Obumneke

    September 11, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Amazing … thank you very much for this!!!!…very informative….and an EYE OPENER ….*Wink wink

  21. Enwereji Chioma Grace

    September 11, 2021 at 11:22 am

    He is good at his profession. Tested and trusted.

  22. Samuel

    September 11, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Nice one

  23. Kevin

    September 11, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Great piece. Very enlightening on how I can continue to put eye on my eyes. Well captioned and easy to follow. Many thanks Dr Rightway

  24. Dozie Ezeh

    September 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    For someone who has worn glasses for the greater part of my life, I find this still very informative. Great piece indeed.

  25. Darlet

    September 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Quiet informative!
    Thanks!

  26. Dr. Lisa Abraham

    September 14, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    You grabbed my attention from the title. This is beautifully put together. Well done Doc.

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