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10 Tips to Maintain Optimal Eye Health with Eyewear

How can you maintain the health of your eyes?


We don’t always think about our eye health specifically, even as we grow more health-conscious overall. That’s why we’ve collected some eye health tips to ensure you can keep your eyes at their peak.

An older man has closed his one eye with his hand when trying to examine his eyesight

1. Sleep Well

Like any body part, your eyes need rest to help them replenish and regain their strength. You should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night to give your eyes sufficient time to relax and rehydrate. If you wear daily contact lenses, your eyes will definitely need the break.

2. Drink Water

Staying hydrated is key to keeping your eyes moisturized. Dehydration leads to dry and irritated eyeballs. Drinking adequate amounts of water, eight to ten glasses a day, can increase eye wellness.


3. Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes may temporarily feel good, but it can damage your cornea's nerves and encourage the spreading of bacteria.


4. Give Yourself a Break from Screens

Consistent computer use can cause eye strain and headaches, dryness, blurry vision, and fatigue. Giving yourself breaks can reduce these symptoms.


5. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

When using screens for extended periods, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That allows your eyes to refocus and recover.


6. Eye-Friendly Exercise

Physical activity increases blood flow and oxygen to your eyes, which helps to reduce the risk of eye issues. You should aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, such as brisk walks.


7. Wear Appropriate Eye Protection

Wear the proper eyewear to protect your eyes from injuries during sports, yardwork, home repairs, etc. Make sure your eyewear has UV protection and shatterproof lenses.


8. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

UV rays can increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths. Wearing sunglasses with 99-100% UV protection outdoors can prevent this. Wide-brimmed hats can also protect your eyes from sun damage. You can even get prescription glasses that are polarized against UV rays!


9. Keep Your Family History in Mind

Many eye diseases have genetic links, so you should know of any family history of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, or other conditions. Informing your optometrist of family conditions can allow for early detection and treatment.


10. Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Visit your optometrist in Langley regularly, at least once every year or two, to allow for the detection of any underlying vision problems. Eye exams are very important for good eyesight.


Visit Langley Optometry Clinic for an Exam Today

At Langley Optometry Clinic, we are all about helping you care for your eyes and take pride in providing exceptional care. Whether switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses, looking for stylish frames to accentuate your best features, or needing progressive lenses for reading, our staff is here to assist you every step.

Contact us today to book your appointment.


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