Written in collaboration with Eada Hughes

Having stellar eyesight is a privilege that many of us may take for granted. Our eyes are with us for life so taking good care of them is important! There are several common factors that can really start to impact our eye health if left unchecked.

The everyday activities you may not be concerned about could actually be negatively impacting your vision. Here are some of the most common habits and behaviours that could be slowly impacting your eye health.

But first, it’s important to remember that visiting your opticians can help prevent any vision problems you may have in the future. Anyway, onto the things that could be affecting your vision.

Digital eye strain

Did you know that the time you spend on your phone, computer, screen, can lead to eye strain? In some cases it can even end up as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a temporary eye condition that causes pain and discomfort. Symptoms include: headaches, eye dryness, eye strain, and blurry vision.

So how do you prevent CVS?

Investing in an anti-glare screen could help alleviate and prevent some of the symptoms.
Buying some blue light glasses to block the rays from entering your eye in the first place is also an effective method. But the best way to prevent CVS is to simply reduce the time spent on your electronics!

Overexposure to sunlight

Sitting in the sun for too long without any protection can harm your eyes.

We know how harmful ultraviolet rays are to the skin, but did you know they have similar adverse health effects on the eyes too? Overexposure to the sunlight can lead to eye conditions such as macular degeneration and even cataracts. So it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun whenever you can.

The best way to protect your eyes from these harmful rays is to wear sunglasses. Photochromic lenses especially are a great choice for people who are out and about in the sun often. But any sunglasses that block out UV rays are effective.

Smoking and drinking

We know that using nicotine and alcohol is bad for your overall health, but you probably didn’t know that it can also affect your eyesight too. It’s been found that heavy use of these substances can result in age-related eye conditions and decrease your peripheral vision.

Cutting down on these habits can help keep your eyes on the healthy side.

Avoiding your opticians

As mentioned earlier, your opticians can help find any vision problems you may have before you know about them. By skipping your opticians appointment, you could inadvertently be stopping your eyes from getting the proper care and treatment that they may need.

An optician will provide any necessary treatment, so don’t skip your appointment!

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