We all know how precious our eyes are and all the things they do for us.  So when you start to feel your eyes get itchy, listen to your body, and when a headache is coming on, keep listening because those are signs of eye strain.  People every day feel some sort of symptom(s) of eyestrain, but the signs can vary; watery or sore eyes, blurry vision, painful shoulders and difficulty focusing are common as well.  All of this is due to everything we do with our eyes daily, ranging from driving to reading and especially, the prolonged use of digital devices.  With almost everything coming at your eyes and you’ve got to follow through with some prevention tips to keep your eyes in shape.

Take a break, literally:

When you’re on a computer or handheld device more often than not, it’s best to always take a break every 20 minutes.  If you need additional support, use apps either on your phone or computer to remind when to.  Also, listen to your body, if you feel any signs of strain, it wouldn’t hurt to take a small break when your body needs it.

Have the proper eyewear/protection:

Use proper eyewear, sunglasses or eyeglasses.  You can even go the extra mile and wear computer eyewear made with specified filters for blue light if you have to interact with digital devices more often than not.  If anything, you can add those filters and others to your frames, like that of antiglare.

Take care of your entire body: 

Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and of course, getting enough sleep a night actually does wonders for your body.   After a long day of sore eyes, the best remedy to getting back to shape is allowing your body to rest and gain back the needed nutrients overnight.  Keeping up with this regularly will improve your overall health of your body and your eyes. 

Let there be light, but not too much:

Regardless of your activity, make sure there is good enough lighting check your setting on your digital devices to set the brightness to the right levels according to your surround light.  The right amount of light helps your eyes adjust better rather than straining to see. 

Keep devices at a good distance:

Don’t be too close to what it is you are doing, computer or electronic device or not.  For digital screens and handheld devices, keep them at an arm’s length from your face.  Also, have them leveled to your eyes or slightly below so your body posture and eyes aren’t angled in a way to cause discomfort. 

Keep your eyes moist:

The reason our bodies have evolved to blink is to give eyes enough moisture to not dry out from outside elements.  If you find that you are blinking less, it’s a definite must to bring that back, but the alternative of using eyedrops comes in handy too, but only if blinking isn’t enough.  Also do your best to not rub your eyes as well, since we use our hands as much as we use our eyes, they come in contact with a number of materials not safe for your eyes. 

Get a comprehensive eye exam:

Make sure to see your eye doctor at least every two years. Your eyes will change over time and it would be best to have your eyewear be up to date to lessen any more eyestrain.  In addition, these visits will help you on top of your eye health and identify any serious eye conditions that need to be immediately addressed. 

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The best care for your eyes goes with taking care of yourself and going about your digital activities with moderation.  The eyes you have are the only ones you’ll get.  They allow us to do the many things that we do on a day to day basis.  So please, show them how lucky you are and do your best to take care of them.