How Often Should You See Your Eye Doctor (Optometrist)? Turns Out, At Least Once a Year!
These days our eyes have to work harder than ever with how consistently we look at digital screens, our eyes focus to an extreme extent causing fatigue and strain. This is not good news for our eyes!
That is why our optometrists here at Trillium Eye Care – Jacksonville, strongly advise patients to have annual comprehensive eye exams performed by their eye doctor. This is especially true if you find yourself doing highly detailed work or other activities that require a lot of eye focus.
Eye care has always been an integral part of health care, but it never hurts to be more attentive with our eye health!
Here are some major ways our general day to day lives can cause eye strain and other vision related problems:
Pro-longed Visual Interaction with Digital Screens Causes Eyes Stress
Even too much of a good thing can still be bad for us, and pro-longed screen time with our digital devices is one of them. Having our eyes focus on a variety of digital screens; be it a monitor or a smartphone, for a long period of time is not the only factor that strains the eyes. There are a handful of factors which make the eyes work even harder than they should have to.
- High Screen Brightness Digital devices suggest a certain amount of screen brightness for a reason, it is the correct amount of light intake your eyes can be comfortable with at a distance with proper room lighting. High screen brightness strains eye muscles and excessive screen brightness can actually cause serious vision damage.
- Very Short Distance of Digital Screen from the Eyes The recommended distance of a smartphone device from its user is a foot, desktop computer monitors should be at least 2 feet away from a viewer and television should be at least a meter and a half distance from its viewer. Anything short of these distances will lead to eye discomfort, discussing your habits with your eye doctor is a great first step in managing your digital eye strain symptoms.
- Pro-longed Exposure to Sunlight and the Elements Make your Eyes Very Uncomfortable With the heat index continually rising all over the world, it’s becoming a prominent notion that there is no such thing as a healthy time for sunlight exposure anymore. Heat intensity is at an all-time high, so much so that the sun begins to emit harmful rays practically as soon as it rises. This is not only harmful for your skin, but to your eyes as well. Always make sure to wear sunglasses with proper UV protection to shield your eyes from these damaging elements.
- While Staring at Screens we Blink Less Often Leading to Eye Strain That’s why optometrists advise to follow the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes they advise you to take a 20 second break from your screen and focus on something 20 feet away from you. This helps prevent digital eye strain and allows your eyes to relax. We often forget to blink while staring at our screens for prolonged periods of time leading to eye strain.
Bustling Lifestyles that Require the Eyes to Work Longer
With technological innovations moving forward at light speed, entertainment readily available at every turn, and work requiring more hours in front of a digital screen, how many hours do you still have left for sleep in a day? If you’re not getting at least 7 hours of sleep a day your eyes work harder throughout the rest of the day. Make sure to get the proper amount of rest and have your eye drops readily available as you go about your day.
Here’s What You Can Do:
- It’s very easy to care for your eyes properly by ensuring they get the rest that they require and keeping them well lubricated!
- Partnering with your eye doctor to adjust your lifestyle accordingly to your eye care needs is a very important step in avoiding the uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain. It is paramount to your eye health to visit your optometrist at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam.