Just like the rest of your body, your eyes need care. That’s easy to forget when you’re staring at a computer screen all day or reading a book in low light. Establishing healthy habits for your eyes can help not only improve your eye health, but your overall well-being.
Here are just a few of our favorite eye-healthy habits!
1. Eat well.
We’ve been told to eat right our entire lives—and for good reason. Eating food that nourishes your body provides you with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that make you feel good and strengthen your eyesight, as well.
Foods like carrots, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, dark berries, salmon, eggs, and grapes provide great nourishment.
2. Wear sunglasses.
Protect your eyes against the sun’s ultraviolet rays just as you would protect your skin using sunscreen. Always wear sunglasses outdoors, particularly ones that shield from both UVA and UVB rays.
3. Use proper lighting.
When working, it’s important that lighting isn’t too bright or too dim. Using fluorescent lights and lower intensity bulbs are great ways to create a work setting that’s comfortable for your eyes. In addition, adjusting your computer’s text size, contrast, and brightness can all help prevent eye strain.
4. Take a break from your screen.
Digital devices have become a huge part of our everyday lives, particularly if your job requires staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day. Your eyes get tired, so it’s important to rest them every so often. One of the best ways to do this is by following the 20-20-20 rule, where you look about 20 feet away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
These are all fantastic ways to keep your eyes in peak condition, but scheduling regular visits with your eye doctor is the key to ensuring your eye health. Give us a call today at (559) 486-2000 to make an appointment.