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For the Love of Your Eyes

Being able to see and being visually stimulated is such a huge part of our lives, that most of us take it for granted. We don’t think about how easy or convenient it is until something goes wrong. I mean think about it, from doing chores around the house to doing work to driving, to watching tv, we use our eyes for everything. In order to keep our eyes healthy and clear-sighted, we have to take care of them. Even if you have no eye problems and don’t go for check-ups, there are still some things you can do to maintain your good vision.

EyeCare

Eyecare at work is necessary. For jobs that require you to work with tools or materials, make sure you’re wearing protective eyewear. The last thing anyone wants is for something big or small to get lodged in your eye. This can cause discomfort or vision problems.

For those of us who do more office or online work, laptops are our best friend and worst enemy. I’m sure we’ve all heard of blue-light by now–laptops emit this. Looking at screens that emit blue light for too long can cause eye strain, and over time it can affect your vision. Have your eyes ever gone fuzzy or has your head every started to hurt after looking at your laptop or phone for a long time? I’ve definitely experienced this! However, there’s almost no way to avoid this in our technological world, so a lot of people have looked into blue-light glasses.

Blue-light blocking glasses have a special filter on them that blocks and absorbs blue light. A lot of these brands claim to help reduce eye strain that is paired with excessive blue light exposure. Most blue-light glasses are meant to be worn during the day while working in front of a computer, and at night to prevent the blue-light from screens from keeping us awake.

Lastly, for the everyday person, sunglasses are a great option (and accessory) for protecting your eyes and vision. If you already wear glasses, you can purchase sunglasses that have your prescription built-in. For everyone else, looking into sunglasses with protection from UVA/UVB rays or ones that have polarized lenses, will be the most beneficial.
At the end of the day, you don’t need to do all of this to protect your eyes, but you should be aware of how much light exposure your eyes are getting.
Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions from www.healthstatus.com and www.clevelandclinic.org

 

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