5 Healthy Vision Tips
Healthy vision is a cornerstone of a healthy life. When we take care of our eyes, we literally change and improve the way we see the world. Good vision helps with everything from daily tasks – like cooking, working with computers, using our phones, reading, and infinitely more – to our capacity to enjoy movies, art, our environment, and time spent with loved ones.
Also, our eyes are windows into a myriad of health conditions. As we take care of our eyes, we also stay on top of our livelihood and can identify potentially health risks before they become more serious.
So how can you ensure good vision and healthy eyes?
Below are five tips from the doctors at Eye Care Hawaii, with advice you can start implementing immediately for adults and children alike!
- Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds from your computer. 1
- Staring at a computer (or any digital screen) won’t directly damage your eyes, but it can make them feel tired and dry. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, place your screen so it’s about 25 inches away and slightly below eye level. You also can cut glare by moving light sources or using a screen filter.
- Get regular eye exams to detect early signs of diabetes-related blindness. 2
- Diabetes can take a toll on the body's circulatory system, especially the tiniest blood vessels. Damage to the small blood vessels in the eyes leads to a condition called diabetic retinopathy, which can eventually cause loss of sight. Regular eye exams, however, can find the early signs of diabetic retinopathy.
- Consume fish oil to help damaged retina cells survive. 3
- A team of researchers at LSU Health found that a component of fish oil helps damaged brain and retina cells survive. NDP1, a signaling molecule made from DHA, can trigger the production of a protective protein against toxic free radicals and injury in the brain and retina. DHA, found in fish oil, is an essential omega-3 fatty acid and is vital for proper brain function. It is also necessary for the development of the nervous system, including vision.
- Use dual-focus contact lens to slow progression of myopia in children. 4
- Three-year data from CooperVision suggests that a new contact lens therapy substantially slows myopia progression and eye elongation in children. The use of the dual-focus contact lens was effective in slowing myopia progression 52%-59% when compared to the children in the control group wearing a single vision contact lens.
- Encourage children over three-years-old to spend more time outside to reduce the risk of developing myopia, or nearsightedness. 5
- Time outdoors during childhood is negatively associated with incident myopia. A 2017 study found that from three years of age onward, greater time outdoors was associated with a reduced risk of incident myopia. Also, additional time spent outdoors across the 3 to 9 years age range was associated with a reduced incidence of myopia between ages 10 and 15 years.