Holistic Eye Care: Traditional and Modern Self-Care Methods for Better Vision

You can try traditional and modern methods to create a holistic eye care strategy for better vision.

In today’s fast-paced world, keeping our mental health in check is more important than ever. However, one unexpected factor can affect your ability to do just that: your eyesight. According to Modern Optometry, poor vision can negatively impact your well-being. People with vision impairments, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, are more likely to experience anxiety. Similarly, those with low vision and blindness are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression. That’s because visual disturbances can take away from your quality of life, affecting your ability to work, take on hobbies, socialize, and generally perform day-to-day tasks independently. 

Fortunately, you can address this issue with self-care. Taking the time to nurture yourself can help you tackle poor vision while maintaining good mental health. Our post notes that self-care has evolved throughout history, so you can try traditional and modern methods to create a holistic eye care strategy for better vision. 

Traditional: diet

The ancient Hindu medical system Ayurveda emphasized the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, highlighting the importance of maintaining balance through simple means like your diet. Self-care starts from within, so take this tried-and-tested advice and nourish both your eyes and your mind. Start by avoiding processed foods. Instead, consume a mix of eye-friendly nutrients that improve how they function while reducing your risk of developing certain diseases. The Vitamin A found in apricots, for example, helps your retina convert light into images and simultaneously prevents dry eye syndrome. The Vitamin E in almonds keeps your eye cells healthy, while lutein- and zeaxanthin-rich leafy vegetables can prevent vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. 

Modern: cleanliness

Though it sounds unbelievable, self-care didn’t really involve hygiene until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. That’s when personal care products like soap became more accessible, allowing society to prioritize cleanliness as a crucial aspect of self-care and overall health. Even if this seems like a no-brainer for maintaining your eye health, it’s still worth mentioning—especially if you wear contact lenses. An astounding 99% of the contact lens wearers surveyed by the CDC practiced improper hygiene habits associated with an increased risk of eye infections. One in every 500 cases of infections leads to blindness, which is why it’s so crucial to integrate proper contact lens use into your self-care routine. Wash your hands before you touch them, clean them with the appropriate lens solution, and don’t wear them to bed. More importantly, keep them away from water and all the microbes they contain. If you want to safeguard your eyes and mental health, remove them before you start skincare and body care routines. 

Traditional: sun protection 

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a renewed interest in the human body made it popular to be more proactive about your wellness. When applying this holistic strategy to maintaining good vision, one of the biggest culprits of visual impairments you can easily anticipate and shield against is the sun. That’s because its UV rays can damage all the structures in the eye. You’re constantly exposed to it during the day—whether rain or shine, indoors or outdoors. On top of that, overexposure can eventually cause blindness through conditions like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and even eye cancer. To be proactive, buy sunglasses you can wear all year round. These should come from reliable brands like Ray-Ban and Vogue Eyewear, which produce pairs that provide 100% UV protection in line with industry standards. That’s not to mention you can get them in multiple sizes and styles, which can boost added confidence that is beneficial to your mental health.

Modern: eye telehealth

In today’s digital age, you can easily practice self-care by taking advantage of all the innovations available at the click of a button. Though those can be things like mindfulness apps and fitness trackers, we emphasize that telehealth, in particular, can help you get personalized care for improved well-being—no matter where you live and what your budget is. The same applies if you want better vision. Practice self-care by taking the initiative and availing of remote eye care via telehealth. You can invest in vision-as-a-service platforms like RemoniHealth, specifically designed to treat patients with visual impairments and loss. Here, you can learn more about your eye conditions and mental health from licensed professionals who can continuously monitor and treat you for improved outcomes and better peace of mind. If you need additional support, the ophthalmologists and other experts you talk to can even connect you to therapists who can help you navigate mental health issues caused by visual impairments.

Sierra Vandervort

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