The health of your eyes is just as important as the health of any other part of your body, and your eyes are especially vulnerable to injury. This makes eye safety an important concern for everyone. As Dr. Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Opthamology (AAO) says, “Eyes are delicate and precious… Just a touch of maintenance will keep them going for years.”
Tips to Protect Your Eyes
Your eyes are one of the most important, and sensitive, parts of your body. There are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you really are seeing the world around you. Taking the following measures to protect your eyes can help prolong the health of your eyes so both you and your eyes sustain less strain:
· Wear sunglasses in sports or leisure activities outside – make sure your sunglasses have a 100 percent UV protective coating
· Avoid hazardous lighting – even when you are wearing sunglasses, the sun’s rays can still inflict long-term damage to your eyes. Never stare directly into the sun
· Gently wash your eyes – the skin around your eyes is some of the most delicate on your body. To prevent wrinkles, avoid pulling or scrubbing your skin when washing your eyes or removing makeup.
· Combat eye strain from screens – whether your watching television, working on your computer or reading from an eReader, take frequent breaks, about every 20-30 minutes to avoid eye strain and long-term damage
· Visit your eye doctor regularly – many people visit the eye doctor only when they have difficulty seeing, but your eye doctor can also make sure your eyes stay healthy to prevent future problems. If your family has a history of eye disease, it is especially important to have regular eye check ups.
To learn more about eye safety and tips to teach your family, please consult our Eye Doctor Directory to schedule an appointment with an optometrist or ophthalmologist in your area today.