Looking for ways to preserve your eyesight is extremely important, and it’s only now as I move closer to my mid-thirties that I’m really beginning to understand this.
Our eyes greatly influence our interactions with nature and the world around us in general. And for many the thought of losing their sight is catastrophic! Clear vision is not just a convenience; it’s essential for safety, productivity, and enjoyment of daily activities.
Eye health becomes even more important when you think about the impacts of the digital world around us. I suffer from frequent bouts of eye strain due to constantly being on either my PC, laptop or iPad. But, while I already wear glasses for writing and reading, I’m beginning to feel the impacts of age and the digital world on my eyes. I try to reduce my time on devices, but it’s difficult when so much of my work involves them. One small step I’ve already taken is switching all my devices to ‘night’ mode and even wearing blue light filers to help with the strain. But there is no doubt in my mind that someday soon I’ll have to bite the bullet and head to my local optician for a check-up!
In fact, there are several things we can all do to ensure we keep our vision clear for as long as possible. Regular eye care is a key component of preserving your eyesight, and can even mean early detection of eye conditions, diseases and more!
Apply these helpful ways to protect your vision and keep your eyes healthier for longer.
Six Vital Ways To Preserve Your Eyesight.
Remember to protect your eyes from the sun.
Preserve your eyesight in the sun by wearing sunglasses when stepping outside on sunny days. Investing in brands that offer 100% protection against UV radiation is one of the best ways to do this. While the temptation of a cheap pair of glasses is hard to dismiss, remember why you’re spending the money in the first place! In fact, you can endanger your eyes if you wear sunglasses that don’t provide any ultraviolet ray protection; your pupils can dilate and allow more UV rays in than intended! It’s also good to consider wearing wraparound glasses when outside as these can protect your eyes from all angles.
Rest your eyes.
Due to the increased use of the digital world, people now spend several hours a day on their smart devices, which can be very bad for the eyes! Computer vision syndrome is a major problem affecting users addicted to digital screens. This condition can cause blurry vision, eye fatigue, and dry eyes which can be very unpleasant. Trust me, I know all about it! But you can reduce the effect of digital screens on your vision by applying the 20-20-20 rule. All you have to do is take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away. Observing this principle will help your eye muscles relax and reduce your vulnerability to blue light.
You can also invest in blue light filtering glasses! I wear these when I work at home and even when I’m at my day job where we work under bright, fluorescent lights for up to nine hours a day! They’ve helped to reduce my headaches and keep my eyes feeling better for longer!
Book routine eye exams.
Visiting your optician once a year is already recommended for people over the age of forty. But I also urge anyone with concerns or pre-existing eye conditions to follow suit! Scheduling eye exams will allow optometrists to monitor changes in your eyes and detect potential vision issues for early treatment. Regular visits also allow eye doctors to design a custom preventative plan to help you maintain good eye health.
Thanks to technological innovation and advancement, companies like Spectrum Ophtalmics offer state-of-the-art equipment to clinics and surgeons to ensure they help people with eye problems. With this technology, you can rest assured that there’s a preventative and curative solution to protect your vision.
Remember to eat healthily.
Our food and what we eat can majorly help preserve your eyesight. Who would have thought? Things such as carrots, leafy greens, and various fruits can all help keep our eyes feeling younger for longer. Studies have also shown you can get eye benefits from consuming fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, so embrace salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Not to mention that a balanced diet also can help us to maintain a healthy weight, lowering your risks of type-2 diabetes, a major cause of blindness in adults.
Smoking can cause many health issues throughout the body and increases the risk of eye conditions such as cataracts. It can also damage the optic nerve and cause macular degeneration! Not to mention that smoking is expensive!
If you’re struggling to stop smoking, the NHS is still offering a stop-smoking scheme! Get in touch with your GP for more details.
An active lifestyle reduces your chances of developing chronic health conditions, including eye diseases. Research studies have linked glaucoma, age-caused macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy with a sedentary lifestyle. Cardio routines such as aerobics will improve blood flow through your optic nerves, lowering intraocular pressure. Or you can even try something like yoga if you’re in need of something more gentle to get the blood flowing.