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Habits for Protecting Your Vision

The results of an international survey from a couple of years ago revealed that most people would rather lose a limb than their eyesight. With such a high value placed on vision, it makes sense to do what we can to protect our eyesight. By regularly following the habits found in this post, we can significantly lessen the risk of eye complications and promote overall vision health.





Wear Sunglasses with Full UV Protection

Excessive exposure to UV rays within a short period of time can lead to an eye problem called photokeratitis, which is like a sunburn on the eye. Though the effect is temporary, the symptoms are painful and include a burning, gritty feeling in the eye and sensitivity to light. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can increase the chances of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. To combat these problems, get proper eye protection in the form of sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV protection.

Take Breaks from Technology

With the increasingly prevalent use of smartphones, tablets and computers, most of us find ourselves staring at some type of screen for a large part of the day. The resulting effect on the eyes has prompted experts to give it a name: digital eye strain. The symptoms can range from dry, red, burning eyes and eye fatigue to eye twitching and blurred vision. The solution? Take regular breaks (every 20 minutes is a good rule) from your phone or monitor. And when you do look at the screen, hold it at least 20 inches away from your eyes and slightly below eye level.

Remove Contacts Before Bed

Contact lenses block the flow of oxygen to the eyes, which is something the eyes need to replenish themselves. For this reason, it is recommended that contact lenses be taken out before going to sleep at night. This also allows the eyes to replenish moisture while the contacts are placed in solution so that they can be cleaned from bacteria.

Clean Makeup Brushes Frequently

The bacteria that accumulates on cosmetic brushes over time can cause the eyes to become infected. Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” which occurs when the inner surface of the eyelid and the surface of the eyeball become inflamed, can be prevented by cleaning makeup brushes regularly. Use a mild soap and water on them at least once a month to keep your eyes healthy.

Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly

Regular eye exams, at least annually, can detect eye diseases early on so that they can be treated to either slow or stop them from getting worse. This is especially important when dealing with eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration, which often have no symptoms. Schedule an appointment today to get your eyes checked! Call King LASIK at (877) 551-2020.