Eye Care-Increased digital screen time amid the COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the country’s rising burden of preventable eyes blindness, according to-All India Opthalmology Society (AIOS).
The pandemic which began one and half years ago is still haunting like a ghost around us, carrying along with itself an unprecedented fear. The gripping fear of disease and death has confined everyone to their houses and has left most of the people with no choice rather to work from home, which takes place by working by long hours on digital screens. Many people are not even able to enjoy a morning walk outside so they can resort themselves to watching tv, playing video games, etc. Poor children also have to suffer from eye strain due to long hours of online classes sessions. Due to the pandemic, all people have no choice other than sticking to digital screens for a specificly prolonged time. If not treated early, this obsession will have a detrimental impact on your emotional, mental and physical well being as electronics indirectly affect all these areas of health as well as the state of your eyes.
Here are some preventive measures that we all can take in order to maintain good and strong eyesight:
1.Eating Good Diet Essential For Our Eyes
Good eye health starts with good food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamin C and E can help to prevent age related vision problems and the nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin found in green leafy vegetables are shown to help to reduce the occurence of eye diseases.
One should include in their diet:
- Salmon, tuna and other oily fishes
- Eggs, nuts, beans
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
2.Having Regular Breaks From Long Hours Of Work On Screen
Having a 15-20 minutes of break after an hour on screen is very essential. After every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something atleast 20 feet away. This will keep you active along with reducing eye strain. After every 2 hours, massage the muscles surrounding your eyes or wash your face. Avoid rubbing eyes with hands. One must blink often if they have a dry eye problem.
3.Using Appropriate Glasses
In order to reduce eye strain, headache, eye fatigue and soarness of eyes, computer glasses are specifically designed Wear anti-glare/anti-reflective blue blocker glasses regularly if you are always occupied with digital screens. These eyeglasses can filter out blue light emitted from digital devices. High-energy-visible (HEV) light, which is released by almost every optical screen is blocked by these special glasses.
4.Keep Yourself Often Hydrated
Keeping yourself often hydrated helps to hydrate the eyes, flushes out salt and reduces eye strain.
Hence, Eye care is very essential during current time.