Books, smartphones, and TV can all damage your sight if you stare at them too long. You risk eyestrain, dizziness and – without proper care – long-term effects.
Older adults have to be extra careful with their eyes. Definitely don’t look at screens or text for too long. The Aspen Tree (http://bit.ly/2UdJUoN) , a property project specialized in health and brain care for older adults, has eyecare tips to help you protect your sight. Here’s some advice for using your smartphone:
- Adjust the brightness and always wear glasses for blue light.
If the screen is too bright, your eyes will degenerate faster. Pick a brightness that matches the surroundings, neither too dark nor too bright. If your eyes feel uncomfortable, or if you start straining or squinting, the brightness needs adjusting. Also, always wear glasses for blue light.
-Don’t use a smartphone in a moving vehicle
Using a smartphone when you’re moving can cause eye pain and dizziness. It’s also bad for your eyesight in the long run because the text on your smartphone won’t be steady. Especially if your eyes are sensitive, take care when using your phone in a vehicle.
-Rest your eyes every 20 minutes
After using your smartphone for about 20 minutes, rest your eyes by watching something faraway, like a tree or a park, for 5 to 10 minutes so your eye muscles can relax.
- Blink often and use eye drops
Older adults often have dry eyes, which can lead to inflammation, irritation, and blurred vision. Blink every now and then. And add eye drops when you feel the need.
- Get regular eye checks
Older adults should see an ophthalmologist once a year to make sure that conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy get spotted and treated early.