Eyes are an important part of the body. Without them, we couldn’t read, see color, drive, watch movies, and more. It’s beneficial to prioritize the health of your eyes just like you would any part of your body. If you see other doctors for other parts of your body, like a dermatologist for your skin, a dentist for your teeth and a general practitioner for overall wellness, you should also make sure you are seeing an optician to ensure your overall optical health as well.
In today’s society, we spend so much time looking at screens. Computer screens, laptop screens, phone screens, tablet screens and television screens. Our eyes are constantly fatigued and strained from the harsh lighting, making it more likely that we will cause damage and degeneration to our eyes. When you have an eye exam, you can keep tabs on how your eyes are changing over time, which will allow you to pinpoint when you may need to take corrective action.
While eye exams are a good way to monitor your eyes, there are also other ways to take care of your eyes between appointments.
- Limit your screen time- As mentioned, eye strain is common in people of all ages these days because of the sheer amount of time we spend in front of a screen. Studies show that just two hours in front of a screen can cause eye strain and the majority of us spend more time in front of a screen than that. Do your best to limit your screen time. While you may not be able to do so at work, at least try to take small breaks. Get outside for a few minutes or take a brief break to stretch and close your eyes.
- Nix the bedroom television- Many people have televisions in their bedroom and while this is great for entertainment, it’s bad for sleep. Not only does the harsh screen lighting in contrast to a dark room strain your eyes, but it causes you to stay up later. When you sleep less, your eyes don’t get as much time to rest, meaning they will be tired and strained even as you wake up the next morning.
- Eat your carrots- This old adage actually proves true. The beta-carotene in carrots is a type of vitamin A and vitamin A is an essential nutrient that contributes to good vision. Try drinking carrot juice, adding carrots to salads, snacking on carrot sticks, or roasting some up with dinner to pump up the good effect.
- Massage- Whether you look up some tactics to do it yourself or you go to a specialist, pressure and light massage on the neck, scalp, brow bone and temples can help with strained eyes and pressure build up. Strained eyes can often lead to headaches and this type of massage can provide relief.
- Consider prescription eyeglasses- If you find that you are having frequent headaches, tired eyes and blurry vision even after trying the above tips, consider looking into prescription eyeglasses. Sometimes people don’t think they need vision correction because they can see fine, but sometimes just a little bit of correction can make a big difference.