Staying at home has opened up a whole new virtual world. With all the time spent on online classes, binge-watching new Netflix shows, hanging out with friends on Houseparty, and keeping updated with news on Twitter…this lockdown has got us racking up our screen time. And, newsflash! That’s not good for your eyes. So while you’re still practicing social distancing (likely, glued to your devices), here are 4 ways to take care of your eyes and vision.
1. Keep a healthy lifestyle
The basics that can improve your overall health — eating right, being active, getting a good night’s sleep — can have an impact on healthy vision too. Your eyes have their own nutritional needs like Beta-carotene, Lutein, Omega-3, Lycopene, and Vitamins A, C, and E that are essential for maintaining their health. Make sure that your diet is infused with different foods that are rich in antioxidants and those nutrients.
Getting sufficient shut-eye each day also keeps your eyes revitalized and healthy. According to Vision Direct, your eyes need a minimum of 5 hours of sleep every night to replenish themselves and be ready for the next day. This means limiting your midnight binge-watching
Exercising regularly has benefits too. Something as simple as a brisk 20 minute walks around your garage, jogging up and down your stairs, or even practicing your next TikTok dance. No matter what activity you choose to do, you will not only be benefiting your eyesight, but you’ll also be strengthening your health and immune system.
2. Reduce your screen time
You’ll be surprised to find out how much time you spend on your phone every day. (Why not take time to study?) The simple solution is to monitor total screen time and slowly cut it down as much as possible. Our smartphones today make it easy for us to monitor and limit how much we use our phones. On iOS devices, it’s called “Screen Time,” while Android calls it “Digital Wellbeing”. During a period of isolation, doing a digital detox is easier said than done (but let’s give it a go)!
Pick up a new hobby, enjoy your meals screen-free, get your hands into gardening, try baking cookies, re-organize your cluttered cabinet, or trade TV time for a podcast! And just like that, you’ve given your eyes a well-deserved break.
3. The 20-20-20 rule
If you find yourself gazing at screens all day because of school work, here’s a simple trick that you can do. Every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds. Try looking out a window! Mag muni-muni ka muna for 20 seconds at isipin si crush.
There are also free apps like Eye Care 20 20 20 that can help. Just set the duration of your screen time and the app will remind you to take a break!
4. Visit your doctor and get prescription glasses
If you don’t wear glasses, you may think that getting your eyes checked is a waste of time. But, part of keeping your eyes healthy is prevention, and prevention only happens when you visit a doctor. According to All About Vision, eye problems may go unnoticed until they have reached the point of causing damage. So if you are experiencing these symptoms that may seem insignificant to you like frequent headaches, loss of focus, eye sensitivity, and blurry sight – we suggest visiting your doctor because these could be signs of underlying conditions.
The good news is, some of our favorite brands like Sunnies Specs offer virtual consultations where you can chat with their in-house optometrists and get help selecting your preferred specs and lens. Bonus: They offer trendy and stylish frames for your prescription eyewear! Head on over to Lazada or Zalora for more options and choose what’s uniquely you.
2020 might be a hard year, but that’s not gonna stop us from keeping that 20/20 vision (literally and figuratively, wink)!
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