10 Tips For Eye Health & Eye Care In A Digital World

 

10 tips for eye health & eye care in a digital world.  Were talking about nutrients for the human eye, antioxidants, lutein, eye problems like cataracts & what muscular eye degeneration is.

In thinking of a word to attempt to relate eye health to the world we currently live in, one word comes to mind: connected.  Everywhere we go we carry devices that keep us connected to something important to us.  Be it a sleek new tablet letting you share photos with the person helping load your groceries, or a smartphone making sure you don’t miss that late night e-mail from a colleague; we are now constantly connected to the world around us, more than ever before.

We’ve become dependent on these digital devices to survive both professionally and personally.  With holidays, birthdays, and all the other gift giving events,the demand & the amount of time we spend with these gadgets will only increase.  Yet many of us forget to consider two devices we are naturally equipped with that keep us more connected to the world than anything else: our eyes.  Consumers often don’t think about the impact digital devices might have on their vision, and it can be to the detriment of not just their health, but also productivity.

In an effort to help consumers keep their eye health in mind this year while enjoying these amazing products, we’ve put together five tips for creating a vision-healthy environment for digital device usage.

 

1. Customize Your Environment

You can adjust your environment when using digital devices to promote healthier eyes.  If possible, use a large monitor or screen magnifier to reduce eye strain.  Make sure your chair is close to your computer and you are sitting in a chair with adequate lower-back support. Position your chair so that you are comfortable.  Each person has a preference for his or her chair, so take some time to find what’s best for you.  Making sure you’re comfortable before you start using a device will decrease the amount of stress you put on your eyes trying to find the best viewing angle.

2. Think About Lighting

For extended reading, change your monitor settings to a reflective lighting scheme.  But don’t only think about your computer lighting.  Good room lighting isn’t just flattering.  It’s also healthy for your eyes.  So, keep bright lighting overhead to a minimum.  Too much lighting overexposes and irritates the eyes, while too little causes the eyes to strain in order to see.  Keep your desk lamp shining on your desk, not you.  Try to keep window light off to the side, rather than in front or behind you.  Use blinds and get a glare screen. Position the computer screen to reduce reflections from windows or overhead lights.

3. Adjust Your Reading Angle

Adjust the screen so you look at it slightly downward and are about 24 to 28 inches away.  The center should be about 4 to 6 inches below your eyes.  Also, make sure your screen is big enough and with just the right brightness and contrast so you’re not straining to see text or images clearly.  Adjust the screen settings to where they are comfortable for you.

 4. Magnify Text on Screen

For those with permanently reduced vision, magnifying the text and images on your device will help you avoid straining your eyes from squinting.  Almost every device can be adjusted to display larger text, and for those with compromised vision, this can make reading much easier.

 5. Blink and Take Frequent Breaks

Devices are set up for virtually nonstop work — but you aren’t a machine.  You need to take breaks to recharge, and so do your eyes. Use the “20-20-20 rule.”  It’s easy to remember: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away.  And don’t forget to blink!  Blinking washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears.  If you regularly wear glasses, also make sure you have proper lenses for the computer.

Follow the above tips, and you can enjoy your slick new technology without worrying about consequences to your eye health, productivity and overall peace of mind.

 

There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers.  Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision.  Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration and cataract formation.  Here are 5 nutrients to help you out and where you can find them.

 

1. Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs.  Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

2.  Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

3.  Vitamin E

Vitamin E in its most biologically active form is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes.  It is thought to protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals which break down healthy tissue.

4.  Essential Fatty Acids

Fats are a necessary part of the human diet. They maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuel cells and boost the immune system. Two omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important for proper visual development and retinal function.

5.  Zinc

Zinc is an essential trace mineral or helper molecule.  It plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.  Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly in the retina and choroid, the vascular tissue layer lying under the retina.

 

As always, weather your getting these nutrients through food or from a food supplement, it is important to not skimp on quality.  It makes sense that if you’re putting healthy natural food in you to get these nutrients, you should also look at natural high quality food supplements when considering supplementing your eye health.  Our top recommendation because of quality, research, and effectiveness are from Shaklee.  Here is the list for more details CLICK HERE

 

Co-Written by Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD / Mashable

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