Eye-Health Should Be One of your New Year Resolutions in 2020

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Eye strain can be reduced by following the 20-20-20 rule (take a break from screens every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds). Invest in a lifestyle lens: Visual fatigue and eye strain can also be helped by using special lenses, designed to reduce and prevent eye strain by stopping the eyes from working so hard.

Introducing lenses that are optimised for the work environment or lifestyle requirements can result in significant improvements in eye health.

The importance of regular eye examinations

Schedule in regular eye examinations: eyes should be tested every two years as routine; many eye problems will be detected this way – the earlier problems are identified, the easier they will be to rectify.

Recognise changes in vision or appearance of eyes: Some symptoms can be an early indicator of eye afflictions, so understanding the warning signs can help identify potential issues. Conditions such as vison fatigue, short and long-sightedness, cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration can be identified by one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Tired, itchy eyes mid to late on in the day
  • Frequent/persistent headaches
  • Blurry vision or difficulty focussing on finer details
  • Excessive eye pain
  • Tenderness in or around the eye
  • Redness in the eye
  • Seeing halos around light
  • Colours appearing faded
  • Double vision
  • Visual distortions or hallucinations
  • Problems with peripheral vision

Although some eye conditions can’t be prevented, early identification can ensure proper care, treatment and management are introduced.

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Resolution 3: Do These Eye Exercises At Home

It is recommended that a qualified optician conducts a full eye examination, but there are some quick DIY tests you can do at home that can help determine the general health of your eyes.

Focus on something 20 feet away – if you have to squint to focus, the object is blurry or fine details can’t be made out, an eye test will be able to determine if you are short-sighted.

Pick up a book or a magazine (not a digital screen) – if, when holding it 30cm away from your eyes, the words appear blurry or your eyes feel strained reading, an eye test will reveal if you are long-sighted.

Do you have tired, itchy, dry eyes? Computer vision syndrome (CVS) might be the culprit. Looking at digital screens without a break every 20 minutes can lead to CVS. An eye examination can tell if you need non-prescriptive protective lenses.

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