Your eyes are one of your most valuable assets. Vision is our dominant sense, and losing your eyesight can have a devastating impact on your quality of life. Here at Peepers, we understand how important it is to keep your eyes strong and healthy. That’s why we offer timeless eyewear to complement any style.
But keeping your eyes healthy is about more than just choosing the right glasses to complement your face shape. There are a number of healthy habits you can implement that will improve your eye health, prevent symptoms of eyestrain, and even reduce the risk of developing long-term eye conditions like cataracts or macular degeneration. In this guide, we’ll go over the five most important things you can do to support healthy eyes.
#1: Schedule Regular Eye Exams
The number one thing you can do for your eyes is schedule yearly visits with an ophthalmologist to examine your eyes. Opthamologists don’t just tell you whether you need glasses or not. They also have the tools and training necessary to look out for signs of eye damage, degenerative eye conditions, and more. By attending your yearly eye exam, you have the best possible chance of catching and correcting vision problems before they become irreparable.
#2: Eat the Right Foods
We all know that vitamins and minerals nourish your body and provide the nutrients it needs to function optimally. That’s just as true for your eyes as it is for your heart. The question becomes: what foods are good for your eyes?
The best foods to support eye health will be high in Omega-3s, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. These foods include:
- Dark leafy greens (think spinach or kale)
- Citrus fruits
#3: Avoid Blue Light Overexposure
Overexposure to blue light, which comes from televisions, cell phones, tablets, computers, and more, can lead to digital eye strain. If you notice yourself dealing with frequent headaches or suffering from blurred vision at the end of the day, you may already be suffering the side effects of blue light overexposure.
Luckily, the solution is as simple as picking out a pair of blue light glasses and wearing them when you’re going to be looking at screens for any length of time. Peepers offers a wide variety of blue light glasses in different shapes and styles, from half frames to oversized and everything in between.
#4: Follow the 20:20:20 Rule
The 20:20:20 rule states that for every 20 minutes you stare at a screen, you should look away for at least 20 seconds at something 20 feet or more away from you.
This helps to prevent eyestrain by giving your eyes a break from the constant high-energy backlit screens you're prone to stare at for long, uninterrupted periods of time. Doing this also reminds you to blink and moisten your eyes a little more frequently, which can help stave off headaches and prevent blurred vision.
#5: Wear Eye Protection When Appropriate
The majority of eye injuries happen on the job. Chemicals, sawdust, and other particles can all flick up into your eyes during the course of the work day and cause long-term eye damage. It’s always important to wear safety goggles when you’re going to be working with tools or around harsh chemicals.
Understand Your Current Eye Health
Even when you take care to protect your eyes, your eyesight may deteriorate over time. Presbyopia is a condition that causes your eyesight to lose its sharpness, and it's most commonly associated with age. Our printable vision test can help you assess your current eyesight and determine what strength reading glasses you need. Wearing reading glasses appropriately is just one more way you can continue supporting your eye health, and with our vision test, it’s easier than ever.