A number of hours needed to get a good rest depends on the person, but the average is seven and a half hours. Try to manage your time in such a way that you can get at least 7.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. This will bring amazing benefits not only for your eyes but for the whole body as it will get enough time to regenerate after a long day and get ready for another one ahead.
How To Prevent Red Eyes
There are many small changes to you lifestyle that you can introduce in order to reduce the chances of getting red eyes. Apart from managing your allergies and getting enough sleep, which we mentioned before, here are some tips for preventing eye redness.
- Protect your eyes when you go swimming. The water in the sea and the ocean is full of bacteria that may be dangerous to your eyes. Also, salty water can irritate your eyes quite easily. Similarly, the chlorine used for swimming pools disinfection is harsh on the eyes. That’s why it is recommended ti use swimming goggles whenever you want to go swimming.
- Give your eyes a break from the computer screen. Remember the 20-20-20 rule and after every 20 minutes of looking at the screen, take a break for 20 seconds and look at an object located 20 feet away. This way your eyes get some exercise. Try also to remember to blink more when you look at the screen for a long time or use hydrating eye drops on a daily basis.
- Watch you diet and make sure it’s rich in vitamins and minerals crucial for the proper functioning of your eyes. If you want to adjust the diet to the needs of your eyes, you should increase the intake of vitamins C, A and zinc (they can be found in tomatoes, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, cabbage, raspberries and spinach), vitamin B2 and B6, especially if you are a more mature person (these vitamins can be found in dairy, wholemeal products, sunflower seeds, tuna, turkey and fresh vegetables), lutein and zeaxanthin (present in green peas, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, mangos and eggs).
- Check your eyes with the doctor regularly, especially if you have a history of infections or if you start noticing that your vision is getting weaker or more blurred.
When Should I See The Doctor?
If the problem of eye redness keeps recurring or if it’s accompanied by other symptoms, like pain or fever, you should contact the doctor and get diagnosed. Certain eye conditions require medical help and won’t go with the use of home remedies or over the counter drops. One of the most common eye diseases that you should consult the doctor about is conjunctivitis, commonly called a pink eye. It doesn’t mean that you can identify it just by the colour as your eye may look red or bloodshot when you have this kind of infection. It is caused by a virus and is contagious, so it’s very important to avoid close contact with other people when you suffer from it to protect them from conjunctivitis.
If you want to prevent it, make sure you don’t transfer any bacteria or viruses with your hands into your eyes, especially when you put in or remove contact lenses. If you have conjunctivitis, the doctor will probably prescribe you antibiotics and special eye drops. After a few days, all the symptoms of the eye infection should be gone. However, if you leave it untreated, conjunctivitis can lead to much more serious problems so it’s important to act as soon as possible.