It’s time for spring cleaning! Time to clear the clutter from our work spaces and recycle everything we’ve been holding on to, but know deep down we’ll never use. But while you’re scrubbing your desk, don’t forget this is also the perfect time to evaluate your eye health. With the change of seasons comes a new set of demands for your eyes, and you need to react appropriately.
Here are a few measures you should take to ensure your eyes are fresh as your newly-cleaned digs.
- Check in with your eye care professional. Whether you visit an ophthalmologist or an optometrist doesn’t matter unless you have severe eye issues. What does matter is that you receive an annual check up! Regular eye exams will help you catch issues before they become problematic. Plus, if your prescription changes, you can update it before you strain your eyes trying to see with the wrong prescription. Hint: Make a habit of visiting your eye care professional every spring, and schedule your next appointment before you leave the office so you’ll receive a reminder at the beginning of next year.
- Mind your workspace. Cleaning your monitor and disinfecting your keyboard isn’t all you need to think about this time of year. Where and how you work can have a major impact on your eye health. Take your lighting, for instance. If you’re straining to see your keyboard, you may need a desk lamp. This is also a good opportunity to evaluate your desk’s layout. Ensure you receive good lumbar support from your chair, and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle when typing to prevent wrist strain.
- Invest in good sunglasses. Now that the weather’s warming up, you’ll likely spend much more time outdoors. While it feels good to be in the warm sun again, beware its damaging UV radiation! These harmful rays can contribute to the development of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other diseases. It’s a good time to get a good set of sunglasses! Make sure they physically cover your eyes as much as possible, and double-check they provide 100% UV protection.
- Out with the bad, in with the good. All of those fresh buds on the trees and flowers should remind you to get in touch with mother nature. Seriously. Grab some fruits and vegetables to increase your daily intake of vitamins C and E to ward off vision issues like cataracts and macular degeneration. Foods to heap into your diet: leafy greens, citrus fruits, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, and beans.
- Get new cleaning supplies for your corrective lenses. Sure, you know you can use warm water and lotion-free soap to clean your glasses, but the microfiber cloth you’re also using could probably use a replacement. After all, your microcloth has picked up tons of dirt over the months. Consider investing in a new cloth to make cleaning easier.
- Block out blue light. If your eyes ever feel tired after looking at your computer and phone all day, it could be because of the blue light emitted from these screens — which contributes to Digital Eye Strain. But you can prevent Digital Eye Strain (and block excess blue light) with Phonetic Eyewear. Our prescription and standard computer eyewear protects your eyes from the exhausting blue light and the Digital Eye Strain that comes with. Take a look at Phonetic’s computer eyewear today!