why you must have a yearly eye exam

Protect Your Eyes When Using Digital Screens

Do you spend hours each day staring at a computer screen and then go home to spend more hours staring at another computer at home, your phone, your tablet, or your television late into the night? Well, all of those screens are putting your eyes at risk. Here, you'll find a few tips to help to protect your eyes while you're using any type of electronic screen.

Go to the Eye Doctor

How long has it been since you've been to the eye doctor for an exam? You should be going once a year, but many people who don't wear corrective lenses go several years before going back for a visit. This isn't a good way to live a healthy lifestyle. Those exams are meant to catch conditions early enough to treat them before they have a chance to permanently damage your eyesight.

When you go for the exam, you will be asked how much time you spend using electronic screens. Be honest with your answer. The doctor can only help you if you are honest with you how spend your days. When the doctor makes recommendations, follow them – only then will any issues that you've been having be resolved, and you could prevent new ones from occurring.

Invest in Blue-Light Filtering Lenses

If you wear corrective lenses, upgrade to blue-light filtering lenses. If you don't wear corrective lenses, you can buy glasses and have non-prescription blue-light filtering lenses in them to wear when using the electronic screens at home and at work.

These lenses do just what they say – they filter the blue light that the screens emit out of the light that reaches your eyes. This can really decrease the impact that the screen time has on your eyes as it will decrease strain. When you decrease how much your eyes strain during the day, you're going to feel much better – you might no longer have the headaches that you've been getting, and your eyes might not feel as tired as they used to.

Dim the Monitors

Don't blast yourself in the eyes with the brightest lights possible on the screens. Dim the brightness so that you can see clearly but not so bright that it strains your eyes.

Talk with your eye doctor about any concerns that you may have. He or she will help you find a solution to the problems that you're having with your eyes and help protect them from further injury.