While leading a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent several eye diseases it is equally important to protect and take care of your eyes. The risk ranges from severe sunlight, workplace accidents to prolonged exposure to screens at homes. So what can you do to protect your eyes?
1) Protective Eye Wear
It is important to protect our eyes from harmful radiations like the Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. Using good quality sunglasses is the simplest step we can take towards protecting our eyes from such harmful radiations when we step out of the house.
A healthy workplace is important for your eyes too. If you are among those where work exposes you to hazardous chemicals, radiations, flying particles, and excessive heat, you must use protective eyewear as recommended by occupational standards and guidelines.
2) Clean out your cosmetics
It is essential to maintain good care and cleaning regimen with the use of make-up and eye cosmetics as these can induce issues such as dryness of ocular surface to allergic reactions. We recommend fair use of cosmetics in consultation with your eye care professional.
3) Work in a body-friendly way
Now that the use of gadgets has become an integral part of all our lives, it is important to cut down on screen time and take regular breaks to avoid symptoms such as eye strain, headache, dryness of eyes, and musculoskeletal issues, all of which come under what is referred to as computer vision syndrome or Digital eye strain.
To minimize the symptoms, and to work efficiently, it is important to ensure conscious blinking, regular breaks (20-20-20 rule), good posture, optimum lighting to reduce glare on the monitor, and optimize the work environment to reduce musculoskeletal symptoms. The 20-20-20 rule is a good and efficient pattern to help your eyes from the strain of gazing at screens for a long time. For every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.
About World Sight Day
On World Sight Day, IAPB members work together to:
Raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues.
Influence Governments/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention
Educate target audiences about blindness prevention.
This World Sight Day, let’s tell the world why it is important to #LoveYourEyes and why EVERYONE COUNTS