Are These Habits Aging Your Eyes Too Quickly?

Are These Habits Aging Your Eyes Too Quickly?

Most people realize that caring for their eyesight means sticking to a regular schedule of eye exams and wearing goggles if they’re working around dust and debris. However, you might not realize that there are certain things you do every day that could be negatively impacting your eye health even if you do try to protect it in other ways.

Staring at your computer too long

If you work at a computer all day, then you might experience symptoms like headaches and dry or strained eyes that force you to look away for a while. However, if you decide tough it out, then you may be causing serious long-term harm to your eyesight. The strain can damage the nerves and blood vessels in your eyes, leading to blurred and diminished vision even when you aren’t looking at your computer.

Instead, give your eyes time to rest without sacrificing your productivity by following the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and at something that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Binge-watching shows before bed

Whether on a TV, smartphone, or tablet, the same screen time rules apply. In addition, watching your favorite show or movie before bed might lull you to sleep, but not before causing cumulative damage to your eyesight over time. Your eyes have to work a lot to keep up with the fast-moving images on the screen, and the strain is made worse by the blue light that can stimulate them and keep you awake longer.

Keep Your Eyes Healthy Longer

Keeping your eyes healthy and youthful might require changing a few habits that are negatively impacting them. For more information, or to schedule an eye exam, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.

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