It is easy to become caught up in the busyness of life and forget to keep up with essential health care exams. Regular eye care is an example of this. Often, people only visit their eye doctor when they experience a problem. Perth residents are fortunate to have access to skilled optometrists who can help maintain good vision.
You do not need to struggle with problematic vision. These five tips can help you achieve and maintain excellent vision.
Tip #1: Importance of Regular Eye Exams
You mustn’t skip regular eye exams even if you have no vision issues. Periodic exams establish a baseline regarding your vision and are instrumental in detecting vision problems and maintaining eye health. Many vision problems discovered early in a routine exam have a greater chance of successful treatment than if the same issues are treated after symptoms occur.
Tip #3: Protective Eyewear in Western Australia’s Climate
Exposure to UV light contributes to eye diseases, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The Western Australian climate can enhance the risks to your eyes. Be sure to wear Australian Standard 1066-rated sunglasses when you are outside. Prescription glasses often come with a coating of UV protection. If yours do not, ask for it to be added.
Blue light is another source of potential harm to your eyes. While some come from the sun, more significant amounts of blue light are emitted from the screens of computers, tablets, and smartphones. Blue light is linked to eyestrain and headaches. You can wear special glasses made to reduce blue light when you are in front of a screen and adjust your screens to reduce the amount of blue light.
Tip #4: Digital Eye Strain Prevention
As our reliance on computers, smart devices, and gaming systems continues to grow, our eyes are paying the price for all of the time spent in front of screens. The frequent usage of digital devices is the leading cause of Digital Eye Strain. Digital eye strain typically results in sore or tired eyes, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, and neck or shoulder pain.
While avoiding screen time is not an option for several people, there are ways to reduce or prevent digital eye strain.
Reduce time in front of a screen, if possible, or take frequent breaks. Even closing your eyes for 20 or 30 seconds can help
Adjust the brightness of your screen so it is similar to your surroundings
Adjust the font size on your screen so it is easy to read
Eye infections can feel miserable; over time, they can take a toll on your vision. Fortunately, many infections can be prevented; here are some tips to help keep your eyes safe.
Practice good hygiene – Thorough handwashing is an excellent way to keep infections away
Do not touch your face or eyes, especially if you have not washed your hands recently
Throw away old eye makeup- Using old eye makeup invites bacteria to your eyes
Clean glasses to reduce a buildup of germs on the lenses
Avoid coming into contact with someone who has an eye infection
In addition to avoiding eye strain, protective eyewear, and good nutrition, regular eye exams are vital to great vision. If you notice vision changes or it has been a while since your last eye examination, do not hesitate to contact us at E Eye Place. With over 40 years of experience, our team of experts can keep your vision clear and your eyes healthy. Remember, great vision does not happen by accident. It happens by appointment.
Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us The very clouds move on.”
Stephanie is an owner optometrist, researcher and educator. She has held clinical, teaching and research roles in Australia and overseas, and has extensive training and clinical experience. Stephanie is also the head optometrist at E Eye Place, on top of this, she is also currently a PhD candidate at UNSW. Dr Stephanie Yeo Optometrist BOptom (HC1) GradCertOcTher DOPT (Merit) CO Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber.