1. Take Eye Breaks
Technology is all around us! It is common to move from the computer screen to a cell phone and television constantly throughout the day. Computer Vision Syndrome can occur at any age and can lead to dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches, and eye/neck/back strain. The American Optometric Association recommends following the 20/20/20 rule--every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. There are also special lens coating and designs that can reduce eyestrain while looking at digital devices, such as, computer designs, anti-reflective coatings, and blue-blocker lenses.
2. Wear Your Sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses is the equivalent to sunscreen for the eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV light can increase the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and skin cancer around the eyes. Sunglasses should be worn year round and for maximum protection choose a wrap frame and wear a hat.
3. Stop Touching Your Eyes
Rubbing your itchy eyes during allergy season is a natural reaction. Rubbing increases your inflammatory response and makes the itchy sensation worse! It also increases the chance of injuring your eye and keratoconus. Make sure to wash your hands regularly throughout the day and avoid touching your face and eyes. Call our office for a recommendation for itchy eyes, watery eyes, or other irritations you are experiencing.
4. Revamp Your Contacts
Daily lenses that you can throw away every day are the healthiest option for your eyes! If you prefer monthly contacts, a hydrogen peroxide cleaning system has been proven to be the most effective at preventing bacterial growth.
5. Eat Better
Leafy greens and citrus fruits are full of great vitamins for your macular health. Adding healthy oils, like fish oils, and probiotics into your diet has been proven to increase gland function and improve dry eye symptoms.