We live in a generation were people have become fascinated with gadgets – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. The good thing is, those devices help us in various ways, be it communication or access to information. With gadgets everywhere we sometimes need to give our eyes a break. According to studies, 70 percent of U.S. adults are victims of digital eyestrain. This is because of prolonged use of electronic gadgets. However, all eye issues are not gadget related. With Healthy Vision Month here, why not review a few simple tips to keep eye-healthy.
1. Look away from the computer screen
There are times when staring at computer monitors is unavoidable, especially depending on your job. If prolonged screen viewing is part of your job, take advantage of your breaks to also give you eyes a break. Step away from the screen when you take your break.
If you’re not one to look at a computer for your day job, minimize screen exposure in other ways. For example, don’t stare at your phone when going to bed, minimize tv exposure, etc. Otherwise, too much screen exposure can lead to eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, and headaches.
2. Always use proper safety eyewear
Are you a guy who loves to play ice hockey, lacrosse, or racquetball? Maybe you have a physically intense labor job. If you said yes to either scenario then you should understand the importance of eye safety. Even though you know the importance, do you adhere to proper safety practices?
Injuries are unpredictable. Whether you’re working, playing sports, hiking, trekking, or doing any outdoor activities, eye injuries could occur anytime. Protect your eyes when the situation calls for it.
3. Eat foods that support good eye health
Eye protection also means eating food high with lutein, omega-3, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These nutrients and vitamins have been reported to minimize age-related vision problems.
- Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
- Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish