Just open your eyes. Seeing is one of the easiest things you do and something that many of us take for granted. Whether working or playing, our vision is an important part of our everyday life. March is Save Your Vision Month and the American Optometric Association’s main focus for this event is to increase awareness regarding eye care. During this month, let’s learn some important things you can do to protect your eyes.
A regular eye exam leads the way in protecting your vision. Most of us don’t think about eye care until something goes wrong, however many eyesight issues are detected during an eye exam. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases is often crucial to preserving good vision. Remember to schedule your regular eye visit just like you do a visit to your dentist.
Save Your Vision Month is also focused on the new issues brought about by the hours we spend looking at screens. Today, almost every workplace has a computer at each desk. Many people who stare at computers for long stretches complain of dry eyes, blurry vision or eye strain. To protect your eyes in the workplace, you should sit about 20 inches from your monitor and take breaks at regular intervals. It’s a good idea to just get up and walk to a window and look outside. Also remember to blink because when staring continuously at your monitor, you will blink a lot less than normal.
Another culprit we need to protect our eyes from is the prolonged use of our digital devices. The average American spends seven or more hours per day looking at smartphones, tablets and flat-screen TVs. These devices emit blue light and overexposure to this specific type of light can negatively impact eye health and cause eye strain. American Optometric Association suggests the 20-20-20 rule to protect your eyes. After 20 minutes of exposure, take a 20 second break to view something 20 feet away.
Last but definitely not least, remember to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays and remember to wear them year round, not just on sunny, summer days.
During Save Your Vision Month, it’s important to take steps to protect your eyes and don’t take your precious vision for granted.