In the era of new technology, our eyes are in high demand. From computer screens and tablets to smartphones and e-readers—our eyes rarely get a break! Read on to find out if you’re making any of these 3 mistakes that could damage your eyes.
We’ve all done it at least once—watching a horror movie on the small screen, with all the lights out. While this might amp up the spooky vibe, it can be damaging to your eyes because they have to work harder to adjust to the quick changes in brightness coming from the TV.
In the end, this habit can cause all kinds of problems, such as headaches, dry eyes, red eyes, and eye pain. According to the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), the lighting in the room should be about 50% dimmer than the illumination of the screen.
When you work at a computer, do you experience pain in the part of your forehead around your eyebrows? Do you feel a burning sensation when you close your eyes? These are two symptoms of eye strain.
To reduce eye strain, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society recommends lubricating your eyes. Start by blinking your eyes frequently (when looking at a screen, we tend to blink two to three times less frequently than we normally would), and, if that doesn’t work, get some eye drops.
Just like sunscreen, sunglasses are a must when you go outside, especially on bright, sunny days in summer. Ultraviolet rays can permanently damage your eyes.
That’s why, when shopping for a new pair of shades, opt for ones that provide 100% UV protection. No need to drop $200 to get that level of protection though—you can find $20 sunglasses that’ll get the job done.