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3 Simple Ways To Protect Your Vision

3 Simple Ways To Protect Your Vision

Created on: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Author: Balin Eye & Laser Center


vision protection

We value our eyesight above many things, but not a lot of us think about how to best protect our vision as we get older. Every day we are faced with decisions that can have an effect on our vision over time. It is important that we take the time to think about our eye health and do what we can do help maintain good vision. Here are 3 simple things that you can do to protect your vision:

Keep screens at an arm’s reach

In today's world, we are constantly bombarded with digital devices and computer screens. We use them at work, we use them at home and we see them in almost every store and restaurant—everywhere we look there are digital devices! The brightness of these computer monitors can cause our eyes to become strained. Studies also show that while looking at digital devices we blink a lot less than usual. If possible we should try to keep screens about an arm’s length away from our eyes to reduce the strain.

Don't forget to blink

We typically blink 15 to 20 times a minute, but when we are using digital screens we blink about half as much. Blinking plays an important role in refreshing the surface of our eyes. When we blink, tears are spread over our cornea and like a windshield wiper it wipes away dust and other free radicals. If like many others, you work with computers on a daily basis then probably regularly deal with symptoms of digital eye strain and dry eye. One technique you can utilize to reduce these symptoms is the 20/20/20 rule—this rule states that every 20 minutes you should look away from your computer at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will allow your eyes to blink more naturally and give them an opportunity to reset.

Wear sunglasses

We recommend wearing sunglasses when you are outside, even if the sun isn't shining so brightly! Not only is this going to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but it will also help to stop pollen from blowing into your eyes. (...Not to mention, they keep you fashion-forward!) Most people understand how harmful UV light is for your skin but they don’t know how damaging it can be for your eyes. UV light is the most harmful midday when the sun is directly overhead. UV light can directly contribute to the development of cataracts. In order for sunglasses to adequately protect your eyes, they should block 99 to 100 percent of the UV rays from the sun. If you aren’t sure if your sunglasses are up to the job, you can ask your optometrist to advise you on what sunglasses would provide the best protection.

Those five suggestions should help you take a proactive approach to caring for your eyes over the spring and summer months. Always remember that the best thing you can do for your eyes is to wear protective sunglasses and a hat. And if you are looking for a specialist to help you manage your comprehensive eye care, the doctors at Balin Eye & Laser's Springfield, Ware, and Northampton locations are ready to serve you.

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