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5 Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes Every Day

Your eye health is important. Luckily, caring for your eyes isn’t all that hard – you don’t have to moisturise them or brush them twice a day. Rather, the best thing you can do is adopt a handful of simple habits that you can do easily and with little effort. Here are five tips from the team at Tauranga optometrist Blur Eyecare on how to care for your eyes each and every day.

Make sure you have the right prescription

While glasses with the correct prescription will do wonders for your vision, wearing out of date lenses can be doing more harm than good. By wearing old glasses you’re not only missing out on 20/20 vision, they could also be contributing to eye strain and headaches.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had an eye test or you’ve noticed blurry vision, headaches or feel extra clumsy, book an appointment with an optometrist – it might be time for an upgrade.

Wear sunglasses

Just as the sun’s harsh UV rays can damage your skin, they are also detrimental to your eye health. Similar to broad spectrum sunscreen, it’s best to opt for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation. And remember, the sun’s rays are not limited to summer, so make sure you’ve got sunglasses at the ready for bright and sunny days year-round.

Take a break from screens

We’re all guilty of spending far too much time looking at screens, whether it’s your phone, laptop or television. Staring at screens often causes us to blink less often which leads to dry, fatigued and strained eyes.

If you spend a large part of your day in front of a screen, try to take a break every hour or so – even just a few minutes of relief will give your eyes a much-needed break. If screens are really becoming a problem, you can also talk to an optometrist about blue light blocking glasses.

Don’t rub tired eyes

Have you caught yourself rubbing your tired, sore eyes at the end of the day? From childhood, this is a natural instinct when we get sleepy, but it’s a habit worth breaking as rubbing your eyes can cause inflammation, break blood vessels and bring dust, debris and dirt into your eyes.

Eat Well

Eating a healthy, wholesome diet is one of the best ways to protect your eye health. While carrots have long been associated with excellent eyesight, plenty of other foods will also support and protect your vision. It’s nothing surprising – brightly coloured fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals will do the trick.

Visit your Tauranga and Mt Maunganui Eyecare specialists

When it comes to your eyes, simple, everyday habits that promote health and prevent strain and injury are the best medicine. To speak with an optometrist, find your new favourite glasses frames, or to get an eye exam, visit Blur Eyecare in Tauranga or Mt Maunganui.