Young adults are usually busy with school and work, making it easy to forget about their eye health. No matter your age, it’s a must to care for your eyes to maintain good vision.
Here are eye health tips for young adults from an orthokeratology expert.
Take a Break from Your Devices
Spending too much time on your phone or computer can result in digital eye strain. This condition can make your eyes feel dry and tired, causing blurry vision. It’s because you tend to blink less when you’re staring on digital screens. You can avoid digital eye strain by taking frequent breaks from your devices.
You can follow the 20-20-20 rule where for every 20 minutes, you look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. When reading an e-book, look up and out the window every two chapters. As much as possible, don’t use a computer outside or in brightly lit conditions as the glare from the screen can cause eye strain.
Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly
A regular eye exam remains the best way to protect your vision and keep track of your eye health. Ask your eye specialist how often you need to get your eyes checked if you have a higher risk of glaucoma. Those of African or Asian descent are at higher risk of glaucoma as well as people with diabetes and a family history of glaucoma.
Good Sleep and Exercise
A good night’s sleep won’t only make you feel and look good but it will also support the health of your eyes. Exercise contributes to good blood circulation, which improves oxygen levels to the eves and the removal of toxins.
Smoking increases your risk of developing different eye problems. It’s best that you quit or don’t start if you aren’t smoking.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Include foods rich in antioxidants or vitamins A and C in your diet. Fatty fish like salmon have essential omega-3 fatty acids that can keep the macula healthy or the part of the eye responsible for central vision.
Eye and Vision Care is here for your family’s eye care needs. We offer lenses, frames, scleral contacts, comprehensive eye health and vision exams, and more. Call us at (703) 961-9119 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in Fairfax, VA and nearby areas.