Vision Loss Prevention – 7 Simple Habits to Adopt in 2023
Protecting your eyes is more important now, than ever.
Prevent vision loss in a “global epidemic of myopia, increasing rapidly” — Dr. Mehta, Retina Today 2018.
For good, healthy eyesight throughout your life, your behaviours around vision and eyesight must be correct.
– If you suffer from a clinical disorder of vision, have trouble seeing, or have corrective lenses to see, many of these tips, perhaps all of them, will improve your vision to some degree.
– And even if you’re young and see perfectly, you’re in the best position now to bolster and reinforce your visual system so that you don’t lose your vision as you age.
Plus, you can leverage your visual system for better mental and physical performance overall.
It’s important to note that, while these tips will improve your overall visual health, they are not a substitute for a consultation with a clinical specialist.
7 simple tips to prevent vision loss in the digital age:
- Relax your eyes. If you are using digital devices without allowing your lens to relax, you are training your vision to be good at focusing nearby and not far away. You must open a window and look out at the horizon, relaxing your eye muscles and jaw muscles, and allow your eyes to go into panoramic vision where you’re not really focusing on anything. Then you can refocus back on your work. Do this every 30 minutes preferably, but every 90 minutes, minimum. This will help maintain the elasticity of your eye’s lens mechanism and prevent eye strain.
- Hygiene. Good hygiene practises help to maintain good eye health and prevent the spread of eye infections: Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or applying makeup. Remove makeup before sleeping or handling contact lenses.
- Wear sunglasses on sunny or snowy days. Fresh snow can reflect upto 90% ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun directly back into your eyes. This is almost double the dose of UV – both from the sun and the snow. Make sure you wear sunglasses with strong UV protection to protect your eyes.
- Drink water. You tend to feel less thirsty in cold weather. So you must actively hydrate enough to keep your eyes moist and nourished with healthy tear production. On top of that, increased central heating and fan heaters can strip your skin and eyes of moisture via increased evaporation.
- Eat your fruit & veg. Vitamin A maintains the health of your cornea and helps produce a photopigment called rhodopsin, essential to prevent night blindness. You can find good sources of vitamin A in spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C protects your eyes from oxidative stress, preventing age-related vision problems. You can find good sources of vitamin C in oranges, strawberries and bell peppers. And vitamin E, found in almonds, sunflower seeds and avocados, fulfils a similar function.
- Be active! Aim for at least 3 hours a week of aerobic activity to reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration. Not only does it reduce your risk of sight-threatening conditions, like diabetes, but also improves your cardiovascular health, improving blood flow to the eye.
- Quit smoking. Smoking can cause or worsen many eye conditions including: cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, dry eye, glaucoma. By quitting smoking you reduce the risk of these and other eye conditions.
If you have concerns about your vision, reach out to us for a comprehensive eye exam. We are always happy to discuss your vision health and help you see correctly.