Your eyes are among your most important organs. Your eyes not only allow you to see shapes, depth, and millions of colors, but they also help you control the light signals that keep your body’s internal clock working properly.
Your eyes are also among the most vulnerable parts of your body and need your protection to maintain and improve your eyesight.
While you may know to always wear protective eyewear during activities like carpentry and landscaping, there are other ways to protect your eyes and keep them healthy every day.
Protecting your eyes from the sun
Like all energy sources, the sun provides critical life support, but it can also cause serious damage. Ultraviolet (or UV) radiation carries much of the danger of sunlight, burning skin and eyes and causing long-term damage if you don’t protect yourself.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are a clear and present danger when you’re at the beach on a sunny day, but they’re just as damaging on cloudy days and on snow, which reflects light back into your eyes.
To protect your eyes from the sun and UV rays:
Wear quality sunglasses with UV protection outdoors
Wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap and take breaks in the shade.
Never stare at the sun, especially with binoculars or during a solar eclipse.
Sometimes we represent the greatest danger to our eyes. Overworked eyes are prone to short- and long-term eye and vision problems. To help protect your vision and keep your eyes healthy, minimize strain by:
Take breaks while working on the computer. Try to take a 15 minute break away from your computer every two hours and rest your eyes every twenty minutes by looking around the room.
Giving you good lighting. Your eyes need enough light to read and write, work on the computer, or watch television. In low light conditions or in the dark, your eyes have to work harder than usual, which causes strain.
Blinking often to refresh and moisten the eyes.
Get the right glasses. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, always make sure your correction is still suitable for your eyes and the type of work you do.
Maintain good air quality. Keep dry eyes at bay and improve your vision by using a humidifier, maintaining comfortable temperatures, and avoiding smoke and other pollutants.
Be smart! Visit your ophthalmologist regularly and take care of your eyes to keep them healthy.