One of the most important tools in our body, which we tend forget to take care of, is our own pair of eyes. There’s no doubt that some of us abuse it when we put ourselves in front of the computer or mobile device for long periods of time. Don’t forget- your eyes are too valuable and it’s irreplaceable.

Here are some tips from experts that we can use to take care of our eyesight:
  1. Take a break from your screen time. Every time that you work with your computer or stare at your handheld device for 20-30 mins, look away for about a minute or two.
  2. Use screen filters to minimize the glares and harmful UV light from the computer or mobile device. Screen filters can be installed as a software or app on your computer or smartphones.
  3. Use overhead lighting (lamp, flourscent light) or natural light to dissipate the light coming from the computer. Avoid dimming or turning off the lights when you’re using devices with screens. Yes you may save a few hundred pesos with your electricity bills, but at the cost of your eyesight.
  4. Adjust the brightness settings on your computer or handheld device. If possible, enable auto-adjust brightness at all times on your device.

It’s also advisable to stare at green objects like leaves or anything that is green to help your eyes rest. This allows your eyes to relax and take a break from staring at bright screens.

When you encounter eye irritations, Use doctor prescribed eye drops and not just anything that you could get over the counter. Remember that you’re eyesight is one of your most valuable assets.

And just like any part of our body, we should also take vitamins and eat healthy food to keep our eyes healthy.

Contrary to popular belief, our eyes doesn’t only need Vitamin A. Here are all of the scientifically proven beneficial vitamins and minerals for our eyes:

  • Vitamin A – You can get this from the following- eggs, oranges, yellow vegetables and other fruits.
  • Vitamin E – commonly found in dark leafy vegetables, nuts like almonds and peanuts and seeds.
  • Vitamin C – get it from lemons and other citrus food, grapefruit, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin B6, B9, B12 – commonly found in milk, beef, oysters, clams and mussels, liver, and salmon.

  • Riboflavin – get it from organ meats (like liver), low-fat milk like kidneys and liver.
  • Niacin – found in turkey, anchovies, pork, ground beef, etc.
  • Thiamine – a common minel found in legumes and peas, wheat germ, trout, and bluefin tuna.
  • Omega-3 – a popular vitamin found in mackerel, sardines, caviar, cod liver oil and oysters.
  • Lutein – Spinach, broccoli, grapes, peppers, etc.

We can’t do anything about aging, but we can always find ways to maintain or prolong our health. By eating or taking supplements, we can help prolong our visual health and still enjoy life by having good vision even after we retire.

 

Written by Oliver Villaverde for PhilJobNet