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 stay 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. “Every 20 minutes, look away at something else for 20 seconds that’s at least 20 feet (six metres) away,” to give your eyes a break from using your near vision.
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 per cent of the sun’s ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, which can cause all sorts of eye damage and problems,” says ophthalmologist, Dr Vincent Hau. Your shades don’t have to cost a fortune either. “More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better protection,” he says. “You can get [inexpensive] sunglasses with just as good of protection or better than designer ones.”