I’m going to assume that you like your eyesight. Sure, you might not always like what your eyesight allows you to see, but you’re not exactly willing to give it up as a result, right? The problem with people and their eyesight is that they aren’t often all that proactive when it comes to protecting our eyesight for the long term. In fact, a lot of us are actually making a bunch of mistakes all the time that result in damage to our long term eyesight!
It’s essential that you get to grips with the ways in which you can help protect your eyesight. You don’t want to spend all your time squinting to see things a few metres away a few years down the line, right? And if your eyesight is already not all that great, then it’s even more important that you take measures to protect it. Here’s a quick guide to the things you need to ensure you’re doing in order to keep your vision sharp.
Get your eyes away from that screen
Computer screens, television screens, smartphone screens… we spend a lot of time looking at these screens. A lot of us know by now that the whole “sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes” thing our parents used to tell us doesn’t really have any hard evidence to back it up – but does that mean you’re safe to look at screens all day without frequent breaks?
Screens emit light and contain a lot of visual information, so looking at a screen is actually giving your eyes a pretty hefty workout. That’s why you should probably take a break every fifteen to twenty minutes. Go look at something else. Like, now. Seriously, go look at a flower or something for a few minutes and then return to this article.
Shield your eyes from the sun
Summer is great and everything, but the sun can get pretty obnoxious at this time of year. It’s begging for your attention; you can barely go outside without it sending some punishing rays of light right in your line of sight, making you shield your eyes with your hand if you don’t happen to have any sunglasses with you.
That hand shield isn’t good enough, I’m afraid. You need to get your hands on some sunglasses. Really cheaps ones are better than nothing, but specialist sunglasses or even designer sunglasses for women are better at this job. The rays need to be properly deflected before they reach your eyes – cheap ones won’t always do the trick.
Get some sleep!
If statistics are anything to go by, then it’s likely that you’re not getting as much sleep as you should. And that’s not great for your eyes at all, for reasons that are probably quite easy to understand.
Your eyes have been taking in visual information all day. They’re tired. Like every other part of your body, they need to get some rest if you want them to retain their proper long-term functionality. Make sure you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep a night if you want to protect your vision!