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Eye Care

Eye Care Advice.

Your eyes are your windows to the world, so it’s important to take good care of them. Things like seeing an Optometrist regularly, getting enough sleep, and giving your eyes regular breaks while you are using a computer can help keep your eyes in good health.

If you are having problems with your vision, you should schedule an appointment with an Optometrist as soon as possible. Keep reading to learn about some of the things you can do to help keep your eyes in good shape.

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Practicing Good Eye Care Habits.

Visit an Optometrist regularly. To keep your eyes in good health, have your checked regularly or when you are having problems with your vision. If you don’t have any vision problems, you should visit an Optometrist every year during your 10s and 20s.

  • If you don’t have any vision problems, you should visit an Optometrist every year during your 10s and 20s.
  • If you don’t have any vision problems, you should visit an Optometrist every 3-4 years during your 20s and 30s.
  • If you don’t have any vision problems, you should visit an Optometrist every 2-3 years between the ages of 40 and 65.
  • If you don’t have any vision problems, you should visit an Optometrist every 1-2 years after the age of 65.

Take your contact lenses out at the end of the day. Avoid wearing contact lenses for more than 19 hours. Wearing contact lenses for too long can cause permanent vision damage as well as extreme discomfort to your eyes.

  • Never sleep wearing your contact lenses unless your Optometrist specifically instructs you to do so. Your eyes need regular supplies of oxygen, and lenses block the flow of oxygen to the eyes, so do the eyelids when you are sleeping. It is good practice to take out contact lenses at least 1 hour before going to sleep.
  • If you are lucky to have a day off, try to put your contact lenses in just before you go out so you have some time without lenses with the eyes open.

Use eye lubricating drops sparingly. If you are using drops without your Optometrist’s knowledge, let him know as newer materials in contact lenses now help dry eye patients.

Wear UV protective sunglasses. Always wear sunglasses when you are outside and the sun is shining. ONLY BUY SUNGLASSES FROM OPTICAL SHOPS TO BE SAFE.

  • Prolonged exposure to UV rays can harm your eyesight, protection in youth can help prevent loss of eyesight in later years. Exposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula and pterygium, these are harmful conditions for the eyes.
  • Since the damage to eyes from UV rays builds up over a lifetime, it’s important to shield children from harmful rays. Make sure your children wear hats and protective glasses when they are out in the sunlight for prolonged periods.
  • Be sure to wear sunglasses even if you’re in the shade. Even though shade lessens UV and HEV exposure significantly, you’re still exposing your eyes to UV rays reflected off of buildings and other structures.

Limit your time looking at computer, tablet, and phone screens if possible. While science has not yet proven that looking at computer screens causes permanent eye damage, it does cause eye strain and dry eyes. The glare from computer screens causes muscle fatigue in the eyes, either from being too bright or too dark. If you cannot limit your screen time, there are some techniques that you can use to give your eyes a break.

  • Make sure that your eyes are level with the screen.
  • Remember to blink.
  • Follow the 20-20 rule when you are working on a computer. 20 minutes, look at something far away for 20 seconds.
  • If you are still feeling tired then have an eye examination and have a pair of BLUE STOP LENSES. These lenses cut out all glare and brightness making your eyes more comfortable when you are using screens.