Limit screen time
Smartphones, laptops, and other devices are a big part of our lives today, and while they help us do everything from working to staying connected to loved ones to shopping, they’re not doing anything to protect your eyesight. Staring at the screen for extended periods of time can cause computer vision syndrome, which is marked by eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, and dry eyes. “Take frequent breaks during the day by way of the 20-20-20 rule,” says Morgan Statt, a Health & Safety Advocate at consumersafety.org in Syracuse, New York. “Every 20 minutes, look away at something else for 20 seconds that’s at least 20 feet away,” to give your eyes a break from using your near vision. This is why you have tired eyes after a long work day.
Face the A/C away from your eyes
“Blasting your A/C directly on your face may feel good on a hot summer day, but it can wreak havoc on your eyes,” Statt says. The dry air zaps away natural moisture on the surface of your eyes. To protect eyesight, she says, point the air vents away from your face.
“Choose sunglasses that protect against 100 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, which can cause all sorts of eye damage and problems,” says Vincent Hau, MD, ophthalmologist at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside, California. Your shades don’t have to cost a fortune either. “More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better protection,” he says. “You can get drugstore sunglasses with just as good of protection or better than designer ones.” Make them fashionable by chossing the best sunglasses for your face shape.