Keep an Eye on Your Screen Time

Spending extra time working at home and staring at a screen these days? Ease sore eyes with a combination of these options.

City Style and Living Magazine Winter 2020 Keep An Eye on Your Screen Time
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Spending extra time working at home and staring at a screen these days?
Ease sore eyes with a combination of these options.

Schedule an eye exam.

Get blue light blocking lenses or screen protectors to help prevent eye strain.

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, “research suggesting a damaging effect of blue light on eye cells has only been conducted in vitro (in the lab) rather than on the living human eye. There are filters and apps that reduce blue light from screens without affecting visibility and special glare-reducing lens coatings that block high-energy visible blue light.  Whether or not to add blue-blocking coating on your prescription lenses is an individual decision that should be made with an optometrist.”

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, good hydration and eye health are connected as our bodies are more than 50 per cent water. If your eyes feel, dry grab a glass of water and sip it slowly.

In addition, your environment plays a role in dry eyes according to the National Eye Institute. At higher elevations, and polluted cities, dry eyes are more common. Maintaining moist and purified air may help.

Blasting central heating can also decrease moisture in the air dramatically, especially in already dry-temperature provinces. Restore balance with Rowenta Aqua Perfect hu5230 Humidifier.

The ultra quiet, easy to use humidifier has adjustable humidity levels, so you can control its intensity.

Sleek, and easy to clean, it’s essential for the office or at home.

Follow the 20-20-20 recommendation by the Canadian Association of Optometrists to look at something 20 meters away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.

Consult a doctor before taking supplements, oils or vitamins.

Vitamin D: Essential for sun deprived Northerners.
Webber Naturals Vitamin D3, 1000iu;

Omega 3: The fat rich vitamin is recommended to boost moisture in dry eyes.
Genuine Health omega3, $26.99;

Billberry: Taken over time, this antioxidant similar to North American blueberries may help boost nutrients to blood vessels in the eyes.
Jamieson Vitamins Bilberry, $14.99;

Lutein: Derived from Tagetes erecta L.flower, high in the carotenoid rich antioxidant, zeaxanthin, may help boost overall eye health and prevent cataracts.
Jamieson Vitamins Lutein with Zeaxanthin, $22.99;

This original healthy living article first appeared in the Winter 2020/2021 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.

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