Consider using the “20-20-20 Rule” to help protect your eyes from the blue light and to help reduce eye strain. Here’s how it works: Every 20 minutes of looking at electronics, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. Simple, right? Of course, longer breaks are always better, but for some of us, that is not possible.
Blinking is also another way to prevent eye strain and dryness. We tend to not blink very often when we are looking at electronics. Blinking is essential to sweep tears across our cornea, if our eyes are dry then our vision will become blurry.
Here are a few more steps to help protect your eyes:
- Set yourself back from the computer and other electronics. The further we look the more relaxed our eyes become, thus reducing eye strain.
- Power down your electronics an hour before bed. Blue light interrupts sleep patterns and can cause sleep disorders.
- Reduce glare by changing your phone settings or downloading a free blue light filter.
Some of the benefits of regular eye exams are very apparent. For instance, if the power of your eyesight is decreasing or faulty, corrective measures can be taken immediately. This is much healthier compared to putting up with eye strain until it becomes a real problem. Eye exams can also tell a lot about the state of your general health. For example, diabetes is very often diagnosed via an eye exam. Other diseases, like glaucoma, can be quickly detected and treated by going for regular eye exams.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t think about actual eye care until something goes wrong. Save Your Vision Month reminds us not to take eye care for granted. From work to entertainment, eyes are a large part of our everyday life.