Get Your Vision In Shape: 4 Tips

22 May 2018
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Your vision may not last for your entire lifetime, but it could if you're careful and keep your vision in top shape. Working on your vision is an important part of your health and is definitely something to which you should be paying close attention. To help keep your vision in shape, read on for some tips.

1. Watch For Vision Issues

Stay aware of any changes in your vision. If you begin to notice that you're squinting to see things that were easy for you to see before, it may be time to get your eyes checked. If you notice any floaters in your line of vision, spots, or anything else, it could be something much worse than simply needing a new prescription: it could potentially be the beginning of glaucoma or cataracts. Get in to your optometrist's office for a checkup and eye exam as soon as possible.

2. Take Care With Screen Time

Time spent on technical equipment such as cell phones, computers, tablets, or even watching television should be done carefully. Move screens or adjust lighting to get rid of glares on your screens. Move screens away from your face; if you have your screen up to your face, it's going to strain your eyes. Your screen should be held at eye height so you aren't looking down, which can strain your neck or shoulders. 

When using any of this tech equipment, you may stare at the screen without blinking; this can dry out your eyes and cause unnecessary strain on your eyes. You should look away from these screens for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Walking away from screens, especially when at work, can help give your eyes a break as well.

3. Visit The Optometrist

Your vision will continue to change even with prescription lenses; this means you need to see the optometrist for an updated prescription at least once per year. Wearing the wrong prescription can be detrimental for your vision. Update your prescription with your optometrist and make sure you don't skip any appointments.

4. Use Care With Your Contact Lenses

If you use contact lenses, be sure to wear them properly. Don't over-wear your lenses -- meaning don't wear them all day long and then try to sleep in them as well. Give your eyes time to rest by taking out your lenses and wearing your eyeglasses instead. You should also be sure to clean your lenses properly, cleaning them between your finger and your thumb with contact cleaning solution. Always clean them before putting them in and again when taking them out.

Keep your vision in shape using the tips above. Talk to your optometrist about other ways to keep your eyes healthy, and contact professionals like the Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists at Zion Eye Institute for more information.