Eye health is one thing that many people tend to neglect. If you want to feel better about your eye-care routine going into the new year, follow these four good eye health habits to practice this new year.
Let Your Eyes Rest
It’s important to let your eyes rest, especially if you focus on a screen or other up-close tasks throughout the day. During your workday, make sure to practice the 20-20-20 rule, which involves looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This simple daily habit will give your eyes a break and prevent straining, headaches, and blurred vision.
Protect Your Eyes
Daily eye protection is also important. Doctors advise you to wear sunscreen year-round, right? Protecting your eyes is a year-round engagement as well. Try to wear sunglasses more often, even on days that aren’t sunny. And on particularly sunny days, make sure to wear a brimmed hat for added protection—it will shade your eyes and keep you from getting sunburned.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Scheduling regular eye exams is an extremely important habit to get into this coming year. Your annual eye exam is important for identifying any symptoms of eye diseases or disorders. Some eye illnesses don’t show symptoms that the average person would be able to detect. For example, glaucoma doesn’t show any symptoms besides high intraocular pressure, which your eye doctor records during your eye exams. This test can help your doctor identify these symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible, which is crucial in eye care.
Manage Your Screen Time
You may not be able to avoid work-related screen time, but you can limit your personal screen time. When you’re winding down for the night, make sure to stop using your electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Try journaling or reading a book if you’d like to keep your brain occupied before you go to sleep. Another good screen time habit to get into is wearing blue light glasses to protect your eyes when you can’t manage to step away from the screens.
With these good eye health habits to practice this new year, you can be sure that your eye health will be in tip-top shape. Make sure to ask your eye doctor for their recommendations based on your personal eye inspections and habits.