Have you ever thought about how much time office workers spend in front of screens? Per a study in 2018, that number amounts to a total of 1,700 hours in one year. Broken down further, that’s about six and a half hours spent per day in front of computers or laptops. Note that these are only figures for work and do not count phone usage and screen time at home.
Indeed, we live in an age where it seems inevitable to stay glued to screens, no matter the time and place. But while technology is improving and there are prescription smart glasses and other visual impairment aids available, it still pays to take care of our eyes as much as possible. Here are some habits you can incorporate in your daily lifestyle to keep your eyesight sharp.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
The starting point for good eye health is what you put on your plate. There are essential nutrients that your body needs to keep your eyes in great condition, such as lutein, zinc, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients go a long way in combating age-related vision problems like cataracts. You can find these nutrients from green leafy vegetables (e.g., collards, kale, and spinach), oily fish (e.g., salmon and tuna), oysters and pork, citrus fruits, and non-meat protein sources like eggs and beans.
Get Adequate Sleep
We use our eyes daily, and these need to recharge, too. Sleep helps a lot in revitalizing your eyes, so be sure to get enough of it as much as possible.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
This rule is pretty simple and helpful in keeping your eyes healthy. For every 20 minutes spent in front of a screen, look away for a while and focus your stare on an object 20 feet from you. After that, blink 20 times so that your eyes won’t dry out. If possible, step away from your seat and pace about 20 steps every 20 minutes as well.
Protect Your Eyes
The 20-20-20 rule is one way to protect your eyes, but there are other ways to do so too. For instance, if it’s too sunny outside, put on your favorite sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays. There are also UV-protected eyeglasses for those who can’t wear sunnies. Hats, caps, and visors can also help with this. For other activities, make sure that you have the proper safety gear for your eyes. Wear goggles if you are going for a swim, and safety glasses if you will be handling tools or exposing yourself to a dusty environment.
Observe Cleanliness and Proper Hygiene
Staying clean means reducing risk factors that can pose harm to your eyes. Wash your hands properly and regularly to avoid bacteria coming into contact with your eyes or eyewear. Keep your home and work station free from dust and dirt as well through regular cleaning.
These are just a few ways you can keep your eyes in great shape. Make these habits a part of your daily routine so that you can maintain 20/20 vision this 2020 and beyond.