Proper eye care is an important part of maintaining your overall health and wellness. If you are mindful of lifestyle choices, you can avoid being affected by eyestrain, poor vision, and degenerative eye diseases. During Save Your Vision Month, learn how to take care of your eyes with the following tips.
Limit digital device use
Staring at a computer screen or television for long periods of time can increase eye strain and increase your risk of visual impairment. Consider resting your eyes while working at a computer screen by looking away for two minutes after each 15-minute period. When watching TV, you’ll want to make sure that your viewing distance is at least seven times the width of the television screen. It is also a good idea to blink your eyes frequently to keep them moist and maintain your ability to focus.
Try this: blink six times, allowing for a few seconds in between each blink. Shut your eyes for two long breaths and then repeat the process several times.
Keep the sunshine out
The sun can damage your eyes just as easily as it can your skin. Keep your eyes protected by investing in a pair of sunglasses that offers both UVA and UVB protection.
The importance of regular eye exams
Eye issues can develop gradually over long periods of time, making it easy to miss signs that your vision is impaired. Additionally, many ocular diseases only begin to have noticeable symptoms when the condition is already advanced, making eye exams essential for early diagnosis and treatment. Even if you’ve never needed corrective eyewear before, Health Canada recommends getting a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years for people between the ages of 18 and 60. Children, seniors and anyone who wears corrective eyewear should get their eyes examined annually.
Whether you’re interested in an eye exam or vision correction options, our optometrists at FYidoctors are here to help.