3 Daily Habits to Improve Eye Health

3 Daily Habits to Improve Eye Health

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Maintaining healthy vision is essential for people of all ages. So how are your daily habits affecting your eyesight and eye health? The truth is that your regular habits could either contribute to your healthy eyes or take a toll on your vision.

Here are a few essential tips to keep in mind to minimize the risk of unintentionally damaging your vision.

1.  Proper Contact Lens Care

Proper care is essential to prevent infections and protect your eyes if you wear contact lenses. For example, it’s best to remove your contacts before sleeping so that your eyes have a break during the night. Also, only use proper cleaning solutions to care for the lenses when you take them out in the evenings.

Talk to your optometrist about the best usage for the types of contact lenses you are using. For example, some lenses are for one-time use, which means you should throw them away after wearing them. Others can be re-used with proper care but should be discarded after a certain amount of time.

2. Manage Screen Time

While looking at a computer screen or phone won’t necessarily damage your eyes in the moment, screen time can cause eye fatigue and sometimes result in blurred vision. Most people use screens for both work and personal activities, and it’s important to build in break times.

Trying following the 20-20-20 rule: take a break from the screen every 20 minutes. Move your eyes away from the screen for at least 20 seconds during the break. Then, focus your eyes on something that is at least 20 feet away. This practice can reduce the effects of eye strain. Also, consider blue blocking lenses if you are on a screen for more than 2 hours a day.

Maintain Regular Eye Exams

Not only are eye exams important to check your vision, but these appointments are also essential to catch potential eye diseases in the earliest stages. In addition, the eye doctor looks at your overall eye health to identify if any medical treatments are needed.

When you maintain regular eye exams, it helps to preserve your long-term vision. For example, many eye diseases cause irreversible damage. If you are proactive about treatments as soon as possible, you can slow the progress of the disease to protect your vision in the future.

Is it time for you to schedule an eye exam? Then our team is just a phone call away. We invite you to contact us for eye care information and services. Temecula Creek Optometry is here to help: (951) 302 -1331.

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