Eye Health: A Lifelong Necessity
Unlike some parts of your body that can adjust and strengthen themselves over your lifespan, you only get one set of eyes. Therefore, eye health and proactively keeping your eyes healthy throughout your life is crucially important. After all, no one wants to have the frustration of vision problems in old age. Yet, today’s increased use of technology and screen time means that everyone of every age should be aware and proactive when it comes to eye health.
How Do I Keep My Eyes Healthy As I Get Older?
When your body is aging, your eyes are particularly important to keep an eye on. No pun intended. Since vision changes naturally over time, maintaining proper corrective lenses helps keep stress off your eyes and check-ins with a professional will help catch any eye-related diseases early.
One of the best things you can do for your eyes as you age is taking care of them on a regular basis. While taking care of them every once in a while is better than nothing, but taking care of them regularly is the best way to keep them healthy. Getting an annual eye exam is a great way to do this. By visiting a professional ophthalmologist, you can identify age-related eye disease like macular degeneration or glaucoma early. By catching these diseases early, you have a better chance of treating them successfully.
An annual eye exam is great, but daily eye care is even better. If you wear contacts, be sure to take care of them. It is easy to slip into bad habits of poor contact lens care, so be sure to keep up on it every day. Use fresh solution, rinse out your case, replace your case every few weeks, and be sure to give your eyes a rest by taking your lenses out for a while each day. For everyone, avoiding exposure to UV rays is another daily way to care for your eyes. Be sure to wear sunglasses year-round with UV protection to keep your sensitive eyes safe from the dangerous rays.
Establish Good, Healthy Habits
Believe it or not, you can slow the aging process of your eyes. You can do so by establishing and sticking to good habits in all areas of your life. Eating healthy foods high in Vitamin C and E, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids is great for your eyes. If you’re a smoker, try to quit. Smoking greatly increases the risk of cataracts and optic nerve damage. Ensuring that you get enough sleep is also key. When you sleep, your eyes have a chance to rest and repair themselves, a crucial step in slowing eye aging.
How Do I Keep My Eyes Healthy While Using The Computer?
Unfortunately, old age isn’t the only problem affecting eyes around the world today. With people spending more and more time on their computers and phones, staring at the screen all day can cause severe eye problems. Therefore, you should also know how to keep your eyes healthy while using the computer.
Why Screens Can Be Bad For Your Eyes
While it may seem obvious, staring at a bright screen all day isn’t good for your eyes. Doing so can result in serious eye strain, leading to symptoms like: eye pain, dryness/redness, eye fatigue, headache, blurred vision, and more. Over time, this prolonged eye strain can cause your vision to worsen and may make your eyes more sensitive to strain in the future.
How To Adjust Your Digital Life To Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Like it or not, screens are an integral part of our daily lives. Fortunately, there are some easy and simple ways to help reduce the strain on your eyes when you have to stare at the screen for a long time. Enlarging text on the screen is a great place to start. Unlike making text larger on a printed page and wasting supplies, you can do so on the computer with no consequences. The larger text is easier for your eyes to read, even if you can read it smaller, and helps reduce eye strain. However, if you are going to be reading for a long time, such as a book or series of long articles, experts suggest printing them off to read on paper or transferring them to an e-paper digital reader.
What Else Can I Do To Reduce Screen-Related Eye Strain?
Your computer is a machine and therefore is built to go all day, non-stop. You are not a machine. That means you need to take short breaks when you are going to be on the computer for prolonged periods of time. The 20-20-20 rule is a great way to remind yourself to do so. For every 20 minutes you’re on the computer, take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20-feet away. This will help give your eyes a chance to relax and will greatly reduce eye strain.
The physical position of your monitor is also important. Experts suggest placing your monitor a few inches below your eye level so that your eyelids don’t have to be forced open to take in the whole picture. By allowing your eyelids to stay in a naturally lower position, your eyes will feel less fatigued.
While you’re at it, adjust the brightness and contrast settings of your monitor. Try to aim for a brightness that isn’t so bright that it is painful, but not so dim that it is difficult to make things out. Unless your job requires that you can precisely see all the colors in the spectrum (ie. graphic designer, developer, etc.) you should try to eliminate blue light from your screen. Most new monitors come with a pre-installed setting to eliminate blue light, but you can manually adjust contrast to not be so glaring. This will help remove some of the strain on your eyes as well. By putting several of these ideas into practice, you can greatly reduce the strain on your eyes while using the computer, your phone, or any other screen and help keep your eyes healthy.