Today’s young adults are busier than they’re ever been. Whether you’re working on finishing your last few semesters in college, or are simply working, you should take care of your eyes. In this blog, your local eye care center AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care shares tips on how to take care of your eyes during your young adult years.
Be Aware of Screen Usage
Devices with screens, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones have become part of our daily tasks, which puts our eyes at greater risk of eye strain that leads to blurred vision, headaches, and irritated eyes. This is why you need to be aware of how long you use devices with screens.
To reduce eye strain, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends following the 20-20-20 Rule. That is, for every 20 minutes looking at a screen, look at an object about 20 feet away for a full 20 seconds. So, if you’ve been staring at a screen for an hour, look away from your screen for a full minute.
Keep Up With Scheduled Checkups
Scheduled eye exams are not just for children and aging people. If your family has a history of diabetes and/or glaucoma, ask your eye doctor how often you should have your eyes examined. Eye diseases are often successfully managed, if not treated, if found at an early stage.
Keep Your Contact Lenses Clean
If you wear contacts, practice good hygiene to prevent eye infections. The following are some best practices for contact lens hygiene:
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them well before handling your contact lenses.
- Never sleep wearing your contact lenses, even if they’re advertised as such. The only exception to this is if you’re wearing orthokeratology contact lenses, which are designed to be worn while sleeping.
- Avoid wearing your contact lenses while bathing, showering, or swimming.
- Never mix old and used contact lens cleaning solution, or top it off.
- Disinfect your contact lenses the night before planned wear.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can take its toll on your health, and has been known to contribute to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It also contributes to eye problems such as eye spasms and increases the risk of dry eye, both of which may need to be attended to by an eye doctor.
AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care is your leading provider of eye care services. Give us a call at (757) 340-7070 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Virginia Beach, VA, and nearby areas.