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Three easy tips to keep your eyes in good health

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We often forget about our eyes until they’re causing us a problem. Here’s our three easy tips to do now to ensure your eyes don’t cause you problems later!

1. Go for regular eye exams 

Nearly half of us suffer some form of long term vision impairment including long and short sightedness, but no matter if you have a known eye condition or if you have naturally good vision you still need a regular eye exam as part of a tool to prevent eye and other diseases.  

Optometry Australia state that a huge 75% of vision loss can be prevented or treated with early detection. The issue with eye problems is that symptoms don’t often show in the early stages. By the time you start getting symptoms (e.g. blurry vision), it is often too late for prevention or early detection, which can result in significant vision loss. 

It’s not just vision issues that a routine eye exam can detect. Comprehensive eye examinations can also lead to the early detection of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and more. 

2. Make adjustments for screens 

Digital devices can cause what is known as computer vision syndrome. Symptoms include strained eyes, tired eyes, blurred vision, irritation and headaches. Digital devices put strain on the eyes due to their proximity to us (closer than six meters) making the eye muscles work harder. Not only that, we tend to blink less using digital devices and blue light from LED devices can also impact sleep cycles. Making just small adjustments can ease computer vision syndrome: 

  • Sit an arm’s length away from the computer 
  • Take breaks every 20 minutes when using digital devices by looking at something else at least 20 meters away for at least 20 seconds 
  • Use lubricant eye drops
  • Use apps and programs that reduce the blue light from LED screens 

3. Make wearing sunglasses part of everyday 

Its’ not just the computer that causes your eyes problems. UV light increases your risk of developing eye diseases including cataracts. To encourage you to wear your sunglasses every day, find a pair of sunglasses that are both fashionable and UV protective. There is no point in purchasing frames for protection if you don’t like the way they look. Furthermore, make sure you wear polarised lenses when in places with reflective glare such as near water or snow, and get a pair of prescription sunglasses if you need them so you don’t have to compromise between seeing clearly and being protected!

References: 

http://www.optometry.org.au/media/876192/women_keep_optometrists_busier_than_men.pdf

http://www.optometry.org.au/media/855475/gvfl_campaign_launch_6_sept_2016final.pdf

http://www.optometry.org.au/media/805784/media_release_routine_eye_examination_prevents_stroke_final_310516.pdf

http://goodvisionforlife.com.au/better-vision/sun-safety-2/

http://goodvisionforlife.com.au/better-vision/digital-devices/