Today more than ever, our eyes are susceptible to damage and deterioration due to the extensive amount of time we spend looking at bright screens. It used to be that we used to spend most of our time looking at screens at work, from the hours of 9am to 5 pm. People watched TV too, but even that was limited to a few hours. But today, with the popularity of the smartphone and tablets, our time looking at screens has skyrocketed and as a result, so has the damage we do to our eyes. Majority of people bring their smartphones into the bedroom and end up using them from the time they wake up until the second they go to sleep. Your eyes never get a rest, and that can be damaging your sight health. We talk to optometrist Dr. Jaime Yee on tips to improve your eyesight:
- Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and E are great to your eyes.
- Eat the Oranges: “Eating carrots is good for your eyesight” is the oldest medical tip in the book, but it doesn’t just work with carrots. Pumpkin, sweet potatoes and egg yolks work too – anything that’s yellow or orange. That’s because the antioxidants in those foods are known to protect your eyes from uv light damage.
- Fatty acids: Eating fatty acids like DHA found in fish help protect the cells in your eyes and keep them strong.
Many people do not know that you can exercise your eyes – when we think of exercise, the first thing that comes to mind is abs, biceps and glutes. But exercising your eyes can help you improve your sight and the muscles in your eyes. You can do that with the following:
- Rolling: Roll your eyes a 10 times in order to warm them up.
- Focus: Focus on any object and move it back and forth without losing focus 10 times.
- Warm Your Eyes: With your hands or a warm towel, place them on your eyes for in order to relax any straining you may have experienced
- Get a good nights rest
- Take Frequent Breaks: For every hour of work, rest your eyes from 10 minutes. That means remove yourself from a screen completely, and try not to read. Close your eyes or go on a nice walk. Your eyes will feel less strained and your focus will be sharper than before.