As summer arrives people are very focussed on ensuring that their bodies are beach ready. Diets are suddenly back on the radar and the gym, which hasn’t been much visited during the winter months, is back on high rotation. Because when summer is here and short are off, you want to make sure that you look in a bikini or a with your shirt off. But as is typical of human nature, we obsess about certain parts of our body while we neglect other areas. In this instance we are thinking about your eyes, the windows to your soul and an area of the body that is often forgotten about or ignored completely. Here are a few things to think about with regard to optical health.
It doesn’t happen quickly
Eye sight changes over time, and it probably goes without saying, so does the general health of your eyes. And unlike flu or chicken pox the changes that happen to your eyes tend to be gradual. In other words, it is hard to tell from one day to the next that things have changed. Which is why you need to get your eyes tested and checked on a regular basis. People visit the dentist or the gynaecologist frequently, but the optician tends to be overlooked. If you are not sure where to find somebody, a quick online search for a phrase like ‘Melbourne eye specialists’ is bound to produce results. Make an appointment – it won’t just be to assess the need for spectacles, they will look into thing like glaucoma and other sinister things as well.
The sun is a concern
The sun is harsh and hurtful, and it does a lot of damage. But the sun is one thing, the sun in tandem with a paid or cheap and nasty dark-glasses is a whole different ballgame. Without a doubt you should cover your eyes and protect them from eh harsh glare of the sun, but you must also make sure the specs that you use for protection are effective and not doing more harm than good. Make sure that they are UV filtered and that they don’t just look good, that they work well as well.
Organ donation is a great thing and should be actively encouraged wherever possible. When most people think about donating organs they think of kidneys, hearts and livers. But it is possible to donate your eyes as well – in particular the cornea of your eye. It is something that you should think about and discuss with your family. You are not going to need your eyes (or any of your organs for that matter) once you are dead, and by donating your corneas you are able to give somebody else the gift of sight.
Look your best
If you are very focussed on looking your best on the beach, then it might be possible to get your eyes to play along. If image is important for you, you should consider the idea of coloured contact lenses. Talk about making an impression! You’ve done the hard yards in the gym to tone the body, you are rocking a great beach outfit complete with dark-glasses when you spot the partner of your dreams. As you check in to say ‘hi’ and you take off the glasses to make eye contact… Boom! The coloured lenses will do the rest.