Work and school can be hard on our eyes. This is especially true as technology demands we look at glowing screens all day or decipher documents on smart phones. Due to these developments, eye care in Cape Cod is more essential than ever to maintain career and educational success. Here are some considerations that will reduce eyestrain and increase productivity for you and any loved ones under your care:
- Glare protection: Most of the strain we feel from computers and tablets comes from glare. Investing in screen protection that reduces glare is a good step. Even better is if you add glare protection when you get new glasses. Looking at the glare all day eventually corrodes depth perception, which will compromise other parts of your life. If you use contract lenses instead of glasses, look into a high-end glare filter for your screens so you can enjoy this protection.
- Take your breaks: A five- or 10-minute break for every 60 minutes of computer work will do wonders for your eyes. It is truly helpful to get away from your screen to look outside at nature or just at general surroundings rather than the virtual reality within your computer. We were not designed to stare at screens all day, so never force that, especially if you experience headaches and other discomfort. Take this break and better preserve your sight.
- Keep up with children’s vision care: School from grades one to 12 still involves blackboards and presentations. Many classrooms have dry erase boards instead of the old-fashioned chalk boards, and even today, being able to see what is on those boards is still required for a good day in class. For children who have not had sufficient vision care, this can lead to immense frustration if they cannot follow along. The latest vision exams should start is when kids start attending school. However, if you notice them struggling earlier, bring them in.
- Be realistic: Your choice of vision correction will determine whether you use it with any regularity. If you resent the time it takes to remove and clean contacts, you may be better off wearing glasses. However, if your active lifestyle makes wearing glasses inconvenient or you seem to break them frequently, that will also not support your vision habits. Going about life with uncorrected vision will only make things more difficult for you. Make a good choice when it is time to choose, or upgrade your vision correction.
- Address symptoms as they arise: If you find you are moving reading material closer or further away, it is likely time for a prescription change. The same is true if your children are complaining of headaches after a year of never having that issue. They will also require new eyeglasses or contacts at some time, too. Basically, anything new with your eyes should not be left ignored.
Bayview Optometrics offers comprehensive eye care in Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. Call us today if you need to schedule an exam.