Tips for Healthy Vision

Posted by H&K on March 19, 2010

March is Save Your Vision Month and during this month, Spokane Eye Clinic reminds patients of the simple ways they can protect their eyesight.

March is Save Your Vision Month and during this month, Spokane Eye Clinic reminds patients of the simple ways they can protect their eyesight. The following tips can help prevent workplace eye strain and injury.

Limit computer use if possible

Prolonged computer use can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a condition which causes eye discomfort and vision problems. Symptoms include eye strain, dry eyes, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision and loss of focus. If prolonged computer use is unavoidable, look up from the screen and around the room occasionally to relieve eye strain. Such breaks can help prevent sight from degrading and avert headaches. Additionally, using a larger screen, adjusting your screen to a higher resolution and reducing glare on your screen can lessen discomfort.

Wear protective eyewear

Many workers perform tasks that put their eyes at risk. Safety glasses, goggle and face shields can be instrumental in projecting your eyes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 60 percent of eye injury cases, workers failed to wear proper protective eyewear. Protective eyewear is equally important while doing housework.

Visit your eye doctor

In addition to protecting your eyes at work, visiting your eye doctor on a regular basis for comprehensive eye exams can help ensure healthy vision. Adults under the age of 60 should have an eye exam every two years and annually after the age of 60.

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Source: American Optometric Association

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