As our lives become increasingly busy due to our workloads and personal hobbies, it is easy to lose sight of what’s important. In fact, the danger of eye strain makes it easy for us to lose sight of everything. That is why the American Optometric Association aims to increase our awareness of good eye care by making March “Save Your Vision Month”. This informative campaign seeks to encourage all folks (not just the ones wearing glasses) to schedule eye exams for themselves on a regular basis, not just when they’re having trouble with their vision.
Like routine trips to the dental chair, it is necessary to see your eye doctor regularly in order to maintain proper eye care. For one thing, an eye exam can inform you about your general state of health. Certain diseases, like diabetes and glaucoma, can be diagnosed and even treated if detected early enough by your eye doctor.
Now more than ever, computers are an integral part of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, we tend to forget to blink as we stare off into the endless realm of cyberspace. This can ultimately lead to dry eyes and blurry vision, which can further lead to irreversible damage. In order to avoid these problems before they become dangers, consider taking the following actions whenever working on your computer:
- Remember to take breaks and come up for air at regular intervals. Have a window? Use it.
- Give your eyelids a break and blink every so often. Spare a moment to keep your eyes completely closed (do this alone so the boss doesn’t think you’re sleeping!).
- Keep your monitor at a distance of at least 20 inches away.
- Adjust the tip of your monitor so it’s tilted a little below your eye level.
- Make sure you keep your screen free from dust and fingerprints, as these can greatly reduce clarity and cause you to squint.
- Artificial tears and eye drops may be necessary to keep your eyes moist.
- If still experiencing dry eyes, you may even want to think about placing a humidifier in your work zone.
- As always, maintain a good diet by eating healthy. A good night’s sleep is never a bad idea either, for the sake of your eyelids and overall sanity.