The better you look after your eyes when you are younger, the less chance you may have of developing a serious eye condition when you are older. In your 20s and 30s, you should have relatively healthy eyesight and any refractive errors will have stabilised and stopped getting worse. However, there are a number of simple things you can do to help future-proof your vision even further.
It’s important to note that if you do notice any changes in your vision, the best thing to do is visit your optician as they will be able to diagnose any problems.
If you’re looking for some of the best ways to look after your vision for the future, here are 3 top tips.
1. Wear the right lenses
If you need corrective lenses to see clearly, it’s crucial to wear them! Many think that by wearing glasses, your eyes will become dependent on them and vision will get worse, but this is not the case. If you don’t wear your glasses, your eyes might be overworking themselves in order to see properly and this could cause discomfort in the long run.
Whether you need single vision or varifocal lenses, wearing them will ensure your vision is working as it should. What’s more, you will reduce your risk of injury through not seeing properly. This is particularly important for driving, as you may be legally required to wear glasses behind the wheel.
You may notice your vision changes as you reach your 40s no matter what you do, and your near vision may become blurry, especially noticeable when looking at the text on your phone screen. This is a natural change known as presbyopia and is usually picked up during a routine eye examination.
2. Protect your eyes from UV light
Overexposure to UV light can cause vision problems including cataracts. UVA rays are able to pass through the cornea of your eye, reaching your retina. It is for this reason that you should ensure you protect your eyes when out in sunlight.
Too much UV light can contribute to premature ageing of your eyes, so it’s important to protect your eyes from too much sunlight. The easiest way to do this is to wear the right eyewear, such as sunglasses, or more specialised photochromic lenses that can help to block out UV light. Look for lenses with a lens coating that blocks UV rays on both sides of the lens.
You should also consider staying out of direct sunlight when it’s at its strongest; this is beneficial for your skin too!
3. Prevent eye strain
Eye strain is a common occurrence and is usually a result of focusing on something close-up for too long. Your modern lifestyle no doubt means you are constantly on-the-go, whether it’s driving long distances or frequent use of digital devices.
Eye strain can be very uncomfortable and is usually associated with dry eyes, eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision and even neck and back pain. It can be annoying and may affect what you are doing, but the symptoms usually subside once you have rested your eyes.
Prolonged eye strain can be very difficult on your eyes, making them work harder in order to continue seeing clearly. It is important that you take breaks when focusing on a big task, as well as looking into the possibility of wearing glasses designed to help reduce and prevent eye strain.