Our eyesight is one of our primary senses which is why it is so important that we do all we can to protect it by taking a variety of precautions. Unfortunately, it is all too common for us to neglect our eyes until we start to feel our eyesight deteriorating.
To help you enjoy the best possible vision you can for as long as possible, we have outlined five actionable ways that you can protect your eyesight and prevent undue strain and damage.
1. Undergo Regular Eye Examinations
Having routine eyesight check-ups and examinations is the only way to identify a deficiency with your eyesight. The benefit of regularly undergoing such eye examinations is that you will be able to keep a record of any changes in your ability to see clearly, making pinpointing the possible cause of deterioration much easier.
If any deficiencies are found, your optometrist can then suggest an appropriate course of action.
2. Regularly Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses differ from prescription eyewear in that they’re usually worn solely to protect your vision in harsh sunlight. It is this harsh sunlight that contains harmful UV light - which if it enters your eyes - has the ability to cause lasting damage.
Regularly wearing a suitable pair of sunglasses which provide 99 to 100% of UV protection, will provide you with the protection that you need to comfortably spend time outdoors without having to worry about the effect it is having on your eyes.
3. Take Regular Breaks from Your Computer
Many of us perform jobs where we are required to sit in front of a computer for a considerable portion of the day. Doing so for such long periods of time can often result in experiencing negative symptoms such as eye strain and blurred vision.
To combat these symptoms and protect your eyesight, ensure that you take a 20-minute break for every 2 hours you spend in front of your computer. Doing so will prevent unnecessary strain and reduce the likelihood of suffering any lasting damage.
4. Wear Safety Glasses if Required
There are several activities where safety glasses or goggles should be worn to prevent physical harm to your eyes from occurring. If you carry out a job which requires you to perform potentially dangerous tasks such as using power tools or machining components, the appropriate PPE should be worn at all times.
5. Always Ensure That You Wear Your Prescription Lenses
If you’ve just been prescribed prescription eyewear , we understand that they may at first feel unfamiliar, potentially tempting you to stop wearing them. If this is the case, it is important that you continue to wear them to assist in correcting your vision and ensure that you can enjoy the benefits of adequately performing eyesight.
David Paul Opticians: Professional Opticians and Eye Care Services in Berkhamsted
If you’re experiencing difficulties with your eyesight, it is important that you undergo an eye examination as soon as possible. As qualified opticians we can assist with a range of eye care services so to make your appointment, fill out your details on our contact page or call us on 01442 879 303. Alternatively, you can visit us at our store which is located at 236 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1AG.