We are devoting this month to your eye health. They are the reason you fall in love with all those sparkly eye shadow palettes, to begin with. And of course, if we are going to look at the health of your eyes, there really is only one place to turn for information: The American Optometric Association(AOA).
Digital Age Problems
It is no secret that we spend entirely to much time staring at computer screens and down at our phones and tablets. Consequently, it is a fact that the light coming from these devices has been the cause of many issues concerning our eyes. From red, tired eyes, to strain that leads to headaches and much worse. However, as we have to work, there are things we can do to keep our eyes and the rest of our health on safer tracks.
1. Adjust the Brightness on the display screen
On all the devices that we use there is a way to adjust the brightness coming from the screens. While the blue light is nothing new, our habit of being tied to digital devices has made the light quite a problem. The American Optometric Association (AOA) has published a number of articles, including Treating the Digital Eye which talks a bit about the effect of blue light as we increase our time in front of digital devices. Keeping up with the advances in screen technology is another great step in protecting your precious eyes. Our eyes do need some of that light to help us with depth perception and identifying colors.
Keeping up with the advances in screen technology is another great step in protecting your precious eyes. Our eyes do need some of that light to help us with depth perception and identifying colors.
2. Back away from the screen
Taking a break every so often is a great way to relieve the stress that staring at our devices can create. It doesn’t hurt to use that 15 min break to go outside and get some fresh air. It does no good to come off the computer only to get onto your phone. Unplugging for a few minutes can help ease symptom such as headaches that are caused by eye strain.
The AOA has also completed various studies on the effects that living in the digital age has had on our peepers. You can check out a few of the tips they have suggested here.
Check them out
Just like every other organ in the body, your eyes need to be examined on a routine basis to ensure that they are working at the best level that they can. Having a routine examination can help prevent and treat many eye conditions including stress, glaucoma and various other ailments that can befall our eyes. If your eyes are giving you any type of trouble, it’s best to have them checked out as soon as you can.
Dr. Cockrell who is associated with the AOA also feels that iIt is important to note that any eye examination and a vision screening are two different things. It is important to have both done every year.
Manage Dry and Irritated Eyes
At some point many of us have experience dry or irritated eyes. It happens for a variety of reason from having allergies, age and even hormonal changes. These are not the only factors, but that does not mean that you have to suffer through the irritaion of having dry eyes. There are several medical and over-the-counter remedies.
Blinking more regularly – One of the worst things about being tied to our computer monitors at work for 8-10 hours is that we don’t blink as we should. Blinking is what helps spread moisture over the eye, so it we should try and remember to blink more when staring at moniters for long periods of time.
Artificial Tears – The way they work is to help maintain the moisture level in the eyes. Even those who wear contacts can use artifical tear products. Artifical tear products can be obtained easily over the counter or prescription.
Surgical Procedure- There is a procedure that is performed to help you conserve tears by blocking the tear ducts. While the procedure can be reversed there is one that is done to permanently close the tear ducts.
There is just to much out there to have to deal with dry eyes. Even something as small as sunglasses on windy days can help alleviate symptoms.
Nutrition and Supplements
A healthy lifestyle has many benefits and that includes helping your eyes. That doesn’t mean you have to raid the pantry for every supplement you can find or make yourself sick eating carrots.
Omega 3- Which is commonly found in fish is known to help with retinal function and visual development.
Vitamin C- Ok, so yes you should to eat a few carrots. But you can also find vitamin -c in fruits and other veggies as well.
Vitamin E- It has been known to help protect eyes from “free radicals” that can break down the healthy tissue in the eyes. Easily found in sweet potatoes and nuts.
It might sound hard to incorporate some of these things into your diet, but it gets easier as you go along. Think about it, how many times do you go to a restaurant on order salmon or chicken salad? You can do the same thing at home and add fruit. Don’t’ shake your head, a salad with mango, blueberries, and strawberries is delicious. Besides, you can always take an over the counter supplement.
Get More Sleep
Losing sleep will affect more than just your ability to function the next day. It can cause puffy, red eyes and there may be a link between lack of sleep and glaucoma. In an article published in the Journal of Glaucoma in February 2019 disclosed the findings of a sleep study that was perfomed on more than 5000 glaucoma patients who were over the age of 40.
The study used several parameters including sleep distrubances, sleep medications, lack of sleep and several others to discover what link if any existed between lack of sleep and glaucoma. Getting a good amount of sleep most is very important to maintaining good health.
Keeping your eyes gorgeous is all about taking care of them. From keeping them moisturized to letting your optometrist take a peek at them periodically. Here’s to your eyes!
All articles can be found on the American Optometric Association website under the topic Clinical Eye Care