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How is your 2020 vision?

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Our eyes are special. We connect with people by eye contact. We experience the world by seeing it. Our careers often depend on our vision. We memorise the freckles and lines of our loved ones, with every glance. Your eyes, are special. Are you looking after them? With age, our eyes will weaken.

Many of us will have to wear glasses. Of course, there are genetic components we cannot control. But how many of us have diminished our 20/20 vision by neglect? Protect your eyes as much as you can, because once you have reached a certain age, you will be so thankful that you did!

Mopani Pharmacy does not only have a large range of eye-care products and supplements available; we also have advice on how you can literally and figuratively, look after your eyes.

Diet

Vision

It starts in childhood – with exorbitant amounts of sweets and refusing to eat your vegetables. How upsetting, that you had to finish all the broccoli before you could have desert! Mom had a point; “have you ever seen a bunny with glasses?”

Your eyes need proper nutrition to stay healthy, such as vitamins A, C and E; omega 3, lutein and zinc. These nutrients are essential in warding off most age-related vision issues. Furthermore, keeping your sugar levels in check will ultimately help lower your chances of diabetes. Unfortunately, type 2 diabetics often suffer blindness.

Now we are all grown up with no one to make sure we are having our vegetables, but there are many ways to make sure you are getting them. You can sneak your healthy choices in everywhere; a fruit with breakfast, a broccoli salad for lunch and all the rest during dinner! Omega 3 is usually found in most fish, but if that is not your thing, try a supplement – there are vegan friendly ones available at Mopani as well.

The last point of order concerning your diet, is to just say no. Put down that sweet treat. Or at the very least, minimise them to fewer times per week or limit your portion size. Your waistline along with your sugar levels will thank you. As a bonus, healthy eating in the office might inspire some motivation and support from all of your co-workers!

Protective eyewear

Protecting your eyes when you have a dangerous job or activity is a given, but what about day to day sun exposure? No need to apologise to the fashion-police, this is serious business. Yes, the wrong pair of sunglasses could look absolutely ridiculous, or it could make all the difference.

Getting a pair of sunnies is not as simple as one would think. Most cheap sunglasses are simply tinted and offer no protection. In fact, it just makes the world appear a bit darker. This will cause your pupils to dilate to let in more light. Unfortunately, this means that you are letting in more UV rays that will damage your eyes, than you would have, not wearing any at all!

Luckily, there are amazing styles, shapes, sizes and colours available. More often than not, your sunnies can made to order, customised and have prescription lenses with UV protection.

If you are shopping retail rather than medical, make sure to still pick a pair that offers UV protection, regardless. Polarised lenses are amazing for sensitive eyes that need that something extra – as it blocks the blinding glare associated with light hitting glass or water.

If possible, add a hat, or opt for larger or wraparound sunglasses to avoid UV rays sneaking in from the side.

We also have a wide variety of high-quality sunglasses available at Mopani Pharmacy! Check out our collection in-store.

Screen your screen time

Many of us are looking at computer screens all day. Then there are cell phones, tablets, television and books. It is not so much the screen itself; it is the time you spend, focusing on one spot. Remember to look up and look around every now and then, to give your eyes a break.

We give our bodies exposure to different exercises so we don’t overwork some muscles and neglect others. Your eyes have muscles that needs a workout too! A simple exercise, 2-3 times per day:

  • Move your gaze from side to side, rapidly 30 times (or one minute)
  • Move your gaze up and down, rapidly 30 times (or one minute)
  • Do not move your head, only your eyes

This will help to give your eye muscles a bit of a work out and relieve strain from only fixating and focusing in one spot.

Visit your optometrist regularly

Go for an annual eye-test, so that your prescription can be adapted if it is necessary. Having glasses or contacts that are too weak for your needs, adds strain to your eyes.

If you have issues with dry or itchy eyes, your optometrist may prescribe an eye-drop or help you to get to the bottom of the cause.

2020 Vision Diary

ake notes, of how well you can see, and revise those notes again in six months. Can you still see the fine lines on their face from here? Can you still distinguish colour when you make eye contact? Are you working comfortably? How many freckles are there now?

PS

As before mentioned, we have a large range of eye-care products and supplements available at Mopani Pharmacy. If you need help choosing the correct product for you, have a chat with our pharmacists or knowledgeable sales staff.

We can deliver your supplements and other Mopani online shopping, nationwide! Contact us for info: mopani.co.za | crossing@mopani.co.za | Tel: 013 755 5500 | WhatsApp: 066-192-1703

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