Losing our vision is something that frightens many of us, but very few of us actively take steps to preserve our eyesight. While you might think there’s nothing you can do to protect your peepers, the great news is, there is. If you’re looking to keep your eyes healthy and happy for longer, read on for some top tips to improve your eye health.
Use blue light filter glasses
If you’ve ever been concerned about the effects of screens on your eyes, you might have read about blue light and been trying to find a way to protect your eyes from it. That’s where prescription glasses with blue light filter come in. Blue light filter glasses are spectacles that contain lenses specifically designed to reduce the amount of blue light that hits your eyes – particularly when looking at screens.
What actually is blue light?
Blue light is simply one type of coloured light in the spectrum. It’s found in our everyday lives, and is emitted from numerous sources, including the sun. Blue light gained notoriety when people noticed that blue light is emitted from screens, and got its bad reputation from then on. In fact, blue light isn’t as detrimental to our eyesight as you might think, but wearing prescription glasses with a blue light filter reduces the risk even further.
Don’t let your eyes get dry
If you’re giving your blue light filter glasses a break and wearing contacts instead, you might find you have dryer eyes. This is particularly true at this time of year, when winds are harsh and we tend to have the heating on. When you have dry eyes, it can cause blurry vision, making your eyes feel tired and not work to their best ability. Keep your eyes moist with a reputable brand of eye drops, making sure you use them only up to four times a day if they contain preservatives.
Book regular eye examinations
Booking an eye test isn’t always at the forefront of our minds, but popping into your local optician could literally save your eyesight. Opticians are trained to identify any eye abnormalities and refer you to the appropriate services if you require them. If you have noticed a change in your vision, even if you’re not officially due an eye test, there’s no harm in getting checked out. An optician can spot conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and even pressure behind the eyes. Eyes aren’t just windows to the soul, they are windows to your health, an eye examination gets you one step further to good eye health.
Avoid eye strain
If you do have spectacles or blue light filter glasses, ensure you wear them when you need them. Straining your eyes can lead to a multitude of problems, such as dry eyes, headaches, blurry vision and more. If you think you need a prescription change due to headaches or feelings of eye strain, contact your local optician as soon as possible so they can assess your overall eye health and prescription strength.
Wear UV protection sunglasses when you need to
Frosty winter mornings can often be beautiful – the sun shining down and reflecting off the icy ground. But this kind of weather doesn’t always make for the best driving conditions due to glare. Wearing UV protection sunglasses or having a pair to hand in the car isn’t just safer, it protects your eyes from damaging glare, too.
If you’re having problems with your vision, want an eye health check or are looking for prescription glasses with blue light filter, the team here at Dominic Tunnell Opticians can help. Please contact us to arrange an appointment, and we’ll be happy to advise you on all things eye health.