From being glued to our phone screens practically all day to watching hours upon hours of TV; many of us tend to take our eyes for granted.
We use our eyes pretty much all day without rest; the only respite they do get is when we sleep. And if you’re only sleeping for a few hours a night, your eyes will be taking a huge amount of strain.
We don’t realize how important our eyes are until it’s too late. According to the NIH, the number of people experiencing visual impairment issues will double by 2050. As your age increases, so do your chances of contracting various eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, dry eyes, diabetic-eye conditions, and age-related macular degeneration.
Keep the following tips in mind to maintain eye health.
Eat for Your Eyes
You are what you eat and the health of your eyes depends on that as well. The more nutrient-rich foods you eat, the healthier your eyes will be. Foods with lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and E, and zinc will do wonders for boosting your vision. Make sure you’re loading up your plate with:
- Leafy greens vegetables like spinach, collards, broccoli, and kale
- Oily fishes like salmon and tuna
- Non-meat proteins such as eggs, beans, and nuts
- Citrus fruits like oranges
- Pork and oyster
Quit Your Smoking Habit
Smoking can be just as disastrous for the eyes as it for the rest of the body. Smoking can damage the optic nerves, increase your chances of getting cataract and macular degeneration, all of these can ultimately lead to blindness.
If you don’t smoke, this is another reason to not start in the first place, and if you do, try to kick this bad habit to the curb.
Wear Sunglasses Outside
Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory; they’re essential protective eyewear. Wearing sunglasses can help protect you from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun. Too much exposure to UV rays can increase the chances of cataract and macular degeneration. You should go for sunglasses that offer 99–100% protection from UVB and UVA rays.
Reduce Screen Strain
- Eye strain
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Trouble focusing at distant objects
Do you experience any of the above symptoms? You’re most likely straining your eyes because of too much screen exposure. We know it can be hard to put your phone away for more than a few minutes or your job might require you to look at the computer for an extended time, but increased screen exposure can damage your eyes a lot.
Make sure to rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look away for 20 seconds, 20 feet away. If you’re sitting in front of a screen, take a break after every two hours and walk for 15 minutes.
About Dr. Paul Drago
Known as one of the leading ENT specialists in Greenville, SC, Dr. Paul Drago provides professional ophthalmological care in the area. Schedule an appointment today to receive expert care.