Eye health is important to overall wellbeing, especially with summer around the corner and screen time becoming a large topic of conversation. Vision practices need to be a more mainstream talking point for people and their families. There are endless tips to help improve your vision, but here are four that I think are important and easy to implement into your daily life:
Schedule eye exams
The first thing you can do when it comes to being proactive about your vision health is scheduling eye exams for you and your family. Eye exams should be scheduled every year or two, depending on your family history of vision health and what your eye doctor recommends. At eye exams, you can update your prescription for glasses or contacts and check for diseases. These check-ups are extremely important for young children and older adults. When growing, kids might not realize if they have vision issues so it’s important for them to go to the doctor regularly. As you age, there is a greater risk for age-related disease, so being open and honest with your eye doctor can keep you in great health.
Limit computer time
This tip is especially important when it comes to your kids as screen time is becoming more and more of an issue in children. Screen time in kids not only affects their thinking and language skills but their vision as well. Too much screen time can cause headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision in the short-term. After just a few hours of time staring at a computer or phone, anyone can feel these uncomfortable effects. Over time, too much blue light from screens can cause more serious eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. These issues are more serious in adults because they are already at risk for these age-related issues.
To help prevent vision problems from your screen, consider buying blue-light-blocking glasses for you and your family. These types of frames help filter blue light from reaching your retinas, reducing the short and long-term effects of computer usage.
Protect your eyes from UV rays
With the summer months in full swing, it’s time to be proactive about UV protection. UV rays from the sun can cause dry eyes, sunburnt eyes, and even blindness. Sunglasses need to be worn when you spend time outside for an extended period of time, regardless if the sun is shining or not. The sun’s strong rays can seep through the clouds and still damage your eyes. Equip your whole family with UVA and UVA blocking sunglasses to help protect the eyes. Sunglasses can be hard to keep on children; if they’re fussing around with the glasses then carry a backup hat to put on them to help shade their face from the sun.
Be aware of makeup
Eyeshadow, mascara, false lashes, and even brushes can all cause infection and irritation to the eyes if not used properly. Did you know that makeup has expiration dates? Eyeliner lasts about 6-12 months and mascara only lasts about 3-6 months. Eye products can be damaging to our health if they aren’t used within their expiration date. Additionally, false lashes and makeup brushes can get dirty and infect your eyes if they aren’t cleaned or replaced regularly.
To ensure your eyes stay healthy, check your products to be aware of when they expire and even mark a ‘throw away’ date on them when you open them for use. Clean your makeup brushes every two weeks to help rinse away bacteria and clean your falsies after each use, if you don’t, it’s best to just replace them. Finally, be sure to remove your makeup every night before you go to sleep. Makeup is perfectly safe and healthy, but when it’s kept on your face overnight while your skin cells are trying to regenerate it can be harmful to your eyes.
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