How to take good care of your eyes

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Your eyes are the windows to your soul. They can also be a window to your health. 

If you notice certain eye changes, mention them to your eye doctor or primary care provider. They could indicate allergies, diabetes, high cholesterol, or eye health conditions

  • White spots in the colored part of your eye
  • Blurred vision
  • A white ring
  • Dry eyes and skin around the eyes
  • Floaters, which are specks that move around
  • A brownish patch in the whites
  • White part of the eye turns yellow

Limit screen time

We tell kids all the time, but it’s important for adults to shut down, too. Red, or broken blood vessels are a sign you’re straining your eyes, a common cause is too much time in front of a screen. 

It’s common to feel eye strain, headaches, neck pain, and irritability after device use. While eye strain doesn’t damage the eyes, it can be uncomfortable and simple care can reduce effects, according the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  

The Vision Council has recommendations to alleviate strain:

  • Ask your eye doctor about glasses for magnification and anti-reflective properties for digital use.
  • Take frequent breaks from screens.
  • Reducing overhead light can reduce screen glare.
  • Sit about one arm’s length from the screen.
  • Increase the text size on devices to read without strain.

When using a computer, we blink approximately one-third as often as we normally do. Remind your self to blink. You can also use lubricating eye drops.

Diabetes

High-levels of sugar in the blood can affect the eye health, so much so that eye doctors can diagnose diabetes just by looking at your eye. 

If you have diabetes, it’s important to get regular eye exams. Diabetes can affect the blood vessels in your eyes and cause vision loss. See your eye doctor at least once a year for a dilated eye exam. This is not considered a routine eye exam, so it's covered under your medical plan, not vision.

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