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Did you know that the eye is the strongest muscle in your body and it can process 36,000 bit of information every hour? Well, now you do!
Since your eyes are the strongest muscle in your body, it is important to take care of them! To remind you of the importance of eye health, the Vision Council along with hundreds of other health, business, and vision-related organizations are celebrating World Sight today, October 10th! The goal of this global initiative is to focus attention on vision impairment and encourage adults and children across the world to get their eyes examined.
Why is eye health so important?
Eyes are the window to our overall health and well being. During routine eye exams, eye doctors can uncover chronic systemic diseases like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, brain disorders, stroke, multiple dclerosis, diabetes and even some types of cancer – all in addition to eye diseases and incremental vision loss.
One of the biggest issues that impact our eye health is digital eye strain. Last year, The Vision Council found that 70 percent of adults experience some form of digital eye strain while using their devices! 70%! This is due to more adults and children spending a lot of time in front of digital devices. Prolonged time on digital devices tires and fatigues our eyes and can cause dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and back and neck pain. I am sure most of us can relate to digital eye strain!
How can we combat Digital Eye Strain?
There are a few ways to combat digital eye strain.
- 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Clean your screen!
- Reduce exterior and overhead lighting to avoid glare.
- Keep your distance from the screen, about 20-24 inches.
- Position your computer 10-15 degrees below eye level.
- Purchase computer eye wear!
Did you see #6? I had never heard of computer eye wear but I am totally looking into it! I think all of the headaches that I have been having are related to digital eye strain. I will definitely be talking to my doctor about this one! Computer eye wear helps because they have an anti-reflecting properties which help cut back on the glare from your screen. They also help your eyes relax a little bit so they’re not straining through an additional glare from the screen.
I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I had an eye appointment and I need to fix that! The American Optometric Association recommends infants receive their first eye exam at 6 months and again at 3 and 5-6 years old. For school age, every 2 years. And for children with eyeglasses, it is recommended to be examined annually. For adults, two years is a good rule of thumb. But consult with your eye doctor for their recommendations!