The Long-Term Protection Your Eyes Need
We expose them to a lot.
One aspect of our health that routinely goes beneath the radar is the health of our eyes. We expose them to a lot, from lighting of all levels to dust, irritants, and pollutants in the air, and yet we also depend on them so much. Here, we’re going to look at a few tips that can help you give your eyes the long-term care that they need.
Protect them from the sun
Some of the potential sources of harm to your eyes might be a little surprising. After all, sunlight is good and healthy for us, but that doesn’t mean you should go exposing your eyes to it. Just as you need sunscreen for your skin, UV radiation from prolonged exposure to the sun can damage your eyes, so it is important to protect them with sunglasses or shade them using hats and the like. When choosing sunglasses, it’s important to make sure they have the mark of real UV protection on them. Otherwise, they might not do as much good as you think.
All those screens might not be good for us
It’s hard to get away from screens, nowadays, with digital media being the most popular and common form of media around. The blue light that comes from these screens can affect your eyes more than you think, being the most common cause of eyestrain. Accessories like blue light glasses can help you block this light, which in turn can also improve your quality of sleep and allow you to work more productively at your screen for longer. Contrasting blue light with other light sources is vital, too.
When it’s more than eyestrain
If you experience frequent redness, light sensitivity, and pain in your eyes, it could be more than just eye strain. Inflammation of the eyes, known as uveitis, can cause these symptoms. Some people are more prone to chronic uveitis than others. In these cases, using eye drops alone may not be enough to manage the condition. It is important to speak with a doctor to receive a proper diagnosis and determine the best treatment approach. Chronic uveitis treatments can help control the condition and reduce symptoms
Vision tests are a crucial part of preventative healthcare
If you haven’t had a vision test since you were a child, or you are over 65 and haven’t had one in a couple of years, now is the time to arrange a vision test with your optician. We all get more likely to experience some loss of vision as we age, and treating undiagnosed changes to your vision can affect your life in a variety of ways. For example, people who have migraines may be experiencing them due to undiagnosed astigmatism that can be corrected with the right eyewear.
With the tips above, you can make sure that you’re giving your eyes the kind of care they need. That way, you can maintain your quality of vision and avoid some of the most common causes of eye discomfort a lot more easily.