Well-being is important not only for the body as a whole, but also for the eyes. Improving the well-being of our eyes requires only simple measures.
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In this era of PC work, it is extremely important that we take the right measures. Eye well-being is in fact brain well-being, as from a scientific perspective, the eye is part of the brain. In other words, traditional well-being programs are also good for our eyes. In addition, it is important to keep a screen distance of 50-60 cm as recommended by occupational medicine. You should look into the distance for a few minutes every hour in order to subject the accommodation muscles in your eyes to different stretching forces. Atmospheric humidity should be around 40-60% to prevent making excessive demands of the lacrimal glands, as is the case in dry winter air. A typical list from an eye health portal (www.fid-gesundheitswissen.de) reads as follows:
- Drink at least two liters of liquid per day
- Avoid alcohol and coffee – they dehydrate and dry out the cornea
- Go out into the fresh air regularly
- Ensure regular ventilation
- Do not smoke and avoid smoky rooms
- Where possible, do not spend time in air-conditioned rooms on a regular basis
- Avoid drafts and fans
- An air humidifier is recommended at heating times
- If you work with a computer, the distance between your eyes and the screen should be 50 to 60 centimeters
- Ensure a straight posture and that you are not required to look upwards too frequently – if you look upwards while concentrating then you will blink less often
- Regular breaks rest your eyes. Let your gaze wander and look at your surroundings: look up at the drifting clouds, the raindrops, or the leaves in the trees
- If you have “tired” eyes at the end of the day, then the tear film will no longer provide good coverage – time for a nighttime eye break
- If symptoms persist, consult an ophthalmologist who will check whether this is being caused by an uncorrected eye defect or poorly adjusted contact lenses. There may also be other causes
From a purely scientific perspective or to purists, eye well-being is matter-of-fact: in order to continue functioning to optimum levels, a sensory organ requires the nutrients which our body regularly needs and must therefore absorb via nourishment. A varied, balanced diet and special nourishment for each sensory organ is therefore important for well-being. The retinal cells in the eyes have the highest energy and substance consumption in the body, even higher than brain cells. They also particularly require vitamin A for the optic nerve, vitamins B, C, and E as cell protection, carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin for the macula and the center of the retina, and the trace elements zinc and selenium. A high water intake and optimum working distance together ensure our eyes’ well-being. Also, because our eyes are part of our brain, the best possible well-being program is a good night’s sleep.