Tips for Eye Care
#1. The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 Rule means every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This rule can be practiced when you are spending too much time in front of the computer, where you forgot to blink and leads to fatigue on eyes. The 20-20-20 Rule helps to relax your eyes and reduce eyestrain. Give your eyes a rest by rolling your eyes up and down, then left and right.
Our eyes contain of millions cells that are sensitive to light. Therefore, always put your sunglasses on when going out for outdoor activities to protect your eyes from sunlight UV rays. Make sure the sunglasses purchased are UV protected.
#3. Eat Right To Protect Your Eyesight
Besides carrot, there are plethora of fruits and vegetables that are good for eyes, especially those with dark leafy green such as kale or spinach. Kale contains high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin which are essential nutrients for healthy eyes. Lutein acts as antioxidant and protects the rod cell in the eye that are responsible for peripheral vision while Zeaxanthin is also an antioxidant and protects the cone cells that are responsible for color perception and central vision. Beside fruits and vegetables, researchers also found that foods that rich in omega-3 fatty acid such as salmon, tuna and sardines also benefits our eyes by reducing the risks of getting eyes diseases in the future.
#4. How digital devices affect our eyesights?
Digital screens can expose your eyes to blue light. Blue light is a high-energy visible light that is very close to ultraviolet light. It can cause damage to the cells inside of our eyes. Although the amount of blue light exposure you get from screens is low, there is concern over the long-term effects of screen exposure because of the close proximity of the screens and the length of time spent looking at them. Based on a National Eye Institute of America funded study, children’s eyes absorb more blue light than adults from digital device screens.
There are many ways to decrease eye strain caused by digital devices. Yellow-tinged specialized eyewears are available in every optometry which can help to decrease eye strain causes by digital devices. They function by blocking the blue light emitted from devices to pass through the glasses into our eyes. Install anti-glare screen protector on your devices to decrease the amount of glare. Decreasing the brightness of a device and place your devices screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes are also helpful. Parents should not rely too much on educational apps to educate their children, avoiding negative eye and mental health consequences.