Everyone strives to keep healthy, whether that is by eating a healthy, nutritious diet or exercising daily; however, how often do you consider the health of your eyes? It is important to maintain healthy eyes to ensure you experience the world with the best possible lenses.
Particularly if you wear glasses, it is vital you consider ways to maintain your eyes’ health to ensure you do not add extra strain on your vision, which could cause further health problems such as migraines and dizziness.
Here are four straightforward ways you can keep your eyes healthy:
1. Regular Eye Tests
It is advised for 18-to-60-year old’s to book an eye test every two years. However, if you already have an eye condition, this period is subject to change, depending on the severity of your eye condition.
Benefits of regular eye tests:
- They show early signs of eye disease such as cataracts.
- Peace of mind.
- Inform you on whether your eyesight is weak and require glasses.
- Keep up to date with the quality of your vision.
- You can get a detailed analysis that provides you with a glasses prescription that suits your eyes.
2. Keep Glasses Prescription Up-To-Date
If you are a glasses wearer and you do not keep your prescription up to date, you could be wearing glasses that do not best help your vision. In fact, it can harm your vision and eye health in general. You should be aware of the expiration date on your glasses prescription, as they indicate when you next need an eye test, which is usually one to two years after you are originally given a glasses prescription.
Once you undergo the eye test, your eye specialist will tell you if you need the new glasses or not. It’s essential you wear the right number glasses.
3. Limit Screen Time
It is reported that the average person will spend around 34 years of their life staring at a screen, according to a recent poll. Whatever lifestyle you may have, whether you work from home on a laptop or you are prone to scrolling endlessly on your phone when you are bored, everyone is likely to look at a screen at some point in their day, which is not health at all and can cause different health issues that if not treated no time can lead to severe eye diseases.
If you find that your eyes are starting to struggle to focus on images or small text, or you find it difficult to keep your eye open instead feel your eyes are tired, you need to start limiting your screen time but also get to the bottom of why you are struggling. If, for example, you are squinting at the screen or straining your eyes to read the traffic signs on the way home from work, it could be that you are suffering from myopia. You should visit an eye specialist as soon as possible.
If you would like to limit your screen time, here are some tips on how to help:
- Do not go on your phone as soon as you wake up or just before you go to bed.
- Turn off the notifications for all the unnecessary apps, so you’re are not intimidated to use your phone.
- You can even practice social detox by uninstalling the social media platforms that take so much of your time without producing any fruitful results.
- Fill gaps of boredom with other things other than scrolling on your phone, such as reading or listening to music.
- Put your phone out of reach when you are working or relaxing so that you are not tempted to go on it.
4. Wear Protective Eyewear
The sun can be damaging to your eyes if you are directly exposed to sun rays without wearing any protective eyewear. Get into the habit of taking your prescription sunglasses outdoors with you so that you can be sufficiently protected from UV-light.
When choosing a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes, make sure:
- The lenses are large enough to prevent light from entering.
- They are UV protected.
- The frame fits your face properly to prevent them from sliding down.
Keeping your eyes healthy should always be important, but if you follow this advice, you will be making sure your eyes are as healthy as possible!