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We know you wouldn’t trade your priceless vision for anything. That’s why your annual comprehensive eye exam is essential for your current and future eye health. Getting your eyes checked isn’t only about seeing 20/20, it’s about life.

Eye fact

Prevent digital eye strain when using any screen with the 20-20-20 Rule! Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away.

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47% of Americans skip their annual eye exam.

 

You wouldn’t trade your vision for anything, but skipping your annual eye exam for any reason could be jeopardizing your current and future eye health.

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Colorado Optometric Association's

Youth Art Competition

Grades 1 - 12 Deadline: Oct. 15, 2021

The Colorado Optometric Association invites students in grades 1-12 to submit artwork for the 2nd Annual Youth Art Competition. The 2021 competition encourages students to reflect on “My Future Vision”. The contest will be open for submissions from June 1, 2021 – October 15, 2021.

Vision is a very important part of navigating the world especially for artists. Participants are encouraged to reflect on what they’d like to see or create in their own future world.

A Message For the Artists: Do you have a goal that you’re striving for? Would you like to solve a problem that impacts your family, local community or global community? Tell us about it through your artwork. We also challenge you to think about the value of your “physical eyesight” in bringing this vision into your future world. Colorado optometrists agree that understanding the value of your eyesight is the first step in taking care of your priceless eyes.

Eye Strain and Tips for Relief

Most adults are no strangers to stress! With long work hours, staring at screens and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our eyes are likely feeling the strain. Stressing our eyes can lead to some uncomfortable symptoms of eye strain. The good news is that eye strain is not super serious, albeit annoying. There are ways to prevent, treat and manage the strain and stress! 

Symptoms 

Some of the symptoms of eye strain could include: 

  • Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes. 
  • Eye twitching. 
  • Watery or dry eyes. 
  • Red eyes. 
  • Blurred or double vision. 
  • Headache. 
  • Sore neck, shoulders or back. 
  • Increased sensitivity to light. 
  • Difficulty concentrating. 
  • Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open.¹

Typically, these symptoms are not super severe, however, could be annoying to an individual experiencing them. 

Causes 

There are many causes of eye strain such as:

  • Decreased blink rate 
  • Looking at digital device screens 
  • Reading without pausing to rest your eyes 
  • Driving long distances and doing other activities involving extended focus 
  • Being exposed to bright light or glare 
  • Straining to see in very dim light 
  • Having an underlying eye problem, such as dry eyes or uncorrected vision (refractive error) 
  • Being stressed or fatigued 
  • Being exposed to dry moving air from a fan, heating or air-conditioning system²

Remedies 

The good news is that there are some easy remedies to relieve eye strain. Here are some of our tips to de-stress and keep your eyes healthy! 

  • Adjust the lighting. Softer light can be beneficial when watching TV. When reading, try having the light behind you, or at least try to use a lighting source with a shade to help keep the light out of your eyes directly. 
  • Blink often to refresh your eyes. People tend to blink less than usual when working at a computer. The lack of blinking can cause dry eyes since the tears that moisten your eyes are not being distributed properly across the front surface. Try to make it a habit to blink more often when looking at a monitor. 
  • Adjust your monitor. Place your monitor about an arm’s length away and directly in front of you so that the top of the screen is at or just below eye level. An adjustable chair can help position you in a comfortable spot. 
  • Adjust your screen settings. For easier reading and focusing, consider making the font larger and adjusting the contrast and brightness of your screen for more comfortable viewing. 
  • Take eye breaks. Throughout the day, give your eyes a break by looking away from your monitor. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. You can also reduce your screen time to help your eyes relax and refocus. 
  • Improve the air quality of your space. The dry Colorado air can be irritating to your eyes, so to help prevent dry eyes consider using a humidifier, adjusting the thermostat to reduce blowing air and avoiding smoke. 
  • Visit an optometrist. Your optometrist can give you tips about artificial tears or lubricating eye drops, whether they be over the counter or prescription, and which one is right for you. Your optometrist can also perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose underlying health conditions and/or even prescribe you corrective lenses if needed!³

Most of the time eye strain will resolve itself just by resting and relaxing your eyes, but if you are experiencing continued issues, consult your optometrist as an annual comprehensive eye examination can diagnose any underlying problems or help to correct your vision. Find an optometrist near you, here!  

References: 

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eyestrain/symptoms-causes/syc-20372397
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eyestrain/symptoms-causes/syc-20372397 
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eyestrain/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372403 

Eye fact

Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.

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