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Looking After Your Eyes

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Taking care of your eyesight can go a long way towards your overall health, as well as your enjoyment of life in general. There are a number of things that you can do to help you retain good eyesight for longer, especially if age or other medical-related problems are causing your sight to change. While some of the ways you can take care of your eyes may be quite time-consuming or costly, depending on your medical insurance and urgency of care, others involve simple lifestyle changes that can benefit your sight greatly.

Correcting Vision Problems

A lot of people across the country have problems with their eyes that have yet to be rectified. Not only can they cause a number of issues, such as reducing the safety and legality of your driving, or ability to enjoy moments with family, but they can also affect your physical health, such as giving you headaches. Taking the time to learn how to correct astigmatism and other eye conditions can help you to protect your eyes from harm or strain. This might involve wearing glasses or contact lenses, with a prescription suited to each eye’s individual needs. For those with health insurance or a bit of money to spare, surgery is also an option, allowing you to permanently rectify those issues. However, surgery does come with its risks, so it would be down to you, and discussions with your optometrist, as to which solution most suits your needs and budget.

Protection

During the hot and sunny weather, many people understand the need to keep their skin covered, with both sun lotion and loose clothing, as well as their heads. While the traditional risk of sunburn may not occur to your eyes, it is possible for your eyes to be damaged by the sun’s UV rays. This can lead to several problems in the eye area, including an increased risk of cataracts, which would potentially require surgery, as well as a higher chance of skin cancer on the eyelids. A good pair of UV protection sunglasses can help with this, alongside avoiding looking directly into the sun, and trying to steer clear of being outside during particularly bright and humid weather wherever possible.

Adequate Rest

Spending long hours each day in front of a computer, television, or even cellphone screen can also be doing your eyes more harm than good. While these may be enjoyable, or necessary for work, too much time in front of a screen can lead to headaches, blurred vision, and eye strain. Ensuring that you are sat at a correct distance from the screen, and there is no light glare reflecting into your eyes can help prevent this, alongside taking regular breaks and looking away from the screen, for approximately 20 seconds every 20 minutes, as well as taking a minimum of 15 minutes away every two hours.

Taking the time to maintain eye care can not only potentially help you to reduce the cost of eye-related expenses, but it can also allow you to keep your good vision that much longer.

David Smith