As the saying goes ‘eyes are the windows to the world’. One looking in the eyes can reveal if you are hiding sadness behind a smile, or lying to the person. But when you are happy, the eyes shine to its full glory and make the stars look like they have fainted. So is the power of the eyes. It is often said that the face is the picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.

In a more literal form eyes can be defined as the organ of visions. It is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates its intensity through a diaphragm, and focuses it through an adjustable assembly of lenses to form an image, converts this image into a set of electrical signals, and transmits these signals to the brain through complex neutral pathways that connect the eye via the optic nerve to the visual cortex and other areas of the brain. The process is as complex as it sounds. But those of you who are reading this, have you ever imagined a day without your eyes? Have you ever praised your luck to be among the fortunate ones to possess eyes? Because there are many who are living without even having experienced how it feels to see the world through the two oceans of blue. To state the fact there are 285 million people who are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide. What is more surprising to know is that ninety percent of those people live in the developing countries! The figures are astonishingly huge.

Therefore it is necessary to take care of your eyes. Even in the busy schedule, we should manage out some time to keep our eyes healthy.
Eyes get strained due to reading, watching television or working in front of the computers for long. Poor lifestyle also contributes towards the poor eye health. Smoking, obesity, exposure to the sunlight, unhealthy diet and even certain medications give rise to the poor health of the eyes.

Prevention from getting your eyes damaged begins from home. Eating fruits and vegetables help a lot in maintaining the eye healthy. Carrots, loaded with beta carotene, acts as an antioxidant that reduces the risk of macular degeneration. Broccoli, bell peppers and Brussels sprouts contains a lot of vitamin C which are great for your eyes. Your diet should contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and Vitamin E which helps to ward off age related vision problems such as cataracts.
Protecting your eyes from overexposure to the sun is vital to good eye health. UV rays can damage your eyesight and also trigger long term effects at a later stage of your life.

Smoking makes your eyes likely to get prone to cataract, optic nerve damage. Quitting smoking can lead to reduced risk of developing many sight threatening eye conditions. Lack of sleep may also cause pain, light sensitivity, itching, redness or even blurred vision. Make sure you are getting enough sleep to recharge and refresh your eyes. Regular eye checkups are needed to identify the problems which may benefit from the early treatment.

Take care of your eyes during your lifetime and when you die be generous enough to donate it to the needy to improve their lifetime!