At work, at home, or on your smartphone, it seems that we’re always on a computer. Using digital equipment can’t be avoided in today’s world, but the strain in your eyes that comes with using them can. Taking a few simple steps to protect your eyes is as easy as 1-2-3. Here are top three moves that can help to banish computer related eye discomfort.
Take A Break Every 15 Minutes
It seems like a no-brainer, but how many times to do realize that you’ve been staring at a screen for an hour and it feels like time has just flown by. Train yourself to look up and focus on an object out the window or across the room every 15 or 20 minutes. You need not stop working – you can even type while looking away.
Blink Your Eyes Frequently
When doing demanding digital work, your blink rate decreases. A conscious effort should be made to blink lightly every 10 to 15 seconds. This will coat the cornea, or front part of the eye, to nourish your eye with oxygen and nutrients — and the coating of tears will also sharpen your vision!
Take Vitamins and Minerals
Considering that the eyes have one of the highest energy requirements in the body, it is important that they get proper amounts of vitamins and minerals. It’s essential to opt for a supplement that offers key antioxidants and ingredients that will help improve the health of the eye and reduce eyestrain.
Look for supplements formulated specifically for the eye with key ingredients including:
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein is a carotenoid typically found in conjunction with zeaxanthin which helps protect the eyes from occasional oxidative stress. Foods containing high concentrations of luteins, such as broccoli, spinach and kale are associated with the greatest eye nutritional support.
The bilberry leaf and fruit contain powerful anti-oxidants known as anthocynanadins, which support eye health.
Found in high concentrations in the eye, Taurine is the most plentiful amino acid in the retina of all animal species.
Zinc is an essential trace element. One of the most important roles it plays is in the maintenance of vision.
An essential trace mineral, copper is widely distributed in foods, particularly seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat bran cereals, and grain products. As zinc can inhibit copper absorption in the body, a small amount of copper has been added to the formulation to maintain healthy copper levels.
Eyebright supports healthy vision.