If you regularly read my blog, you probably know that I always write about one of two subjects: sunglasses (Matrix sunglasses as well as other types) and The Matrix. But for today’s post I thought I’d deviate slightly and talk about some things you can do to protect your eyes and your vision in general.
Obviously sunglasses are a key component of any overall vision-protection strategy. I won’t go into detail because I’ve written about this ad-nauseam in the past, but just to summarize you will need quality sunglasses with lenses that protect from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Specifically, UV400 protection is recommended, as this is said to block out 99% of these harmful sunrays.
You will also want to practice good optical ergonomics. In other words, do not sit too close to the TV or computer screen for extended periods of time. Additionally, make sure you take frequent breaks when working on the computer all day long. Finally, avoid looking at any screen that is located against a brightly-lit backdrop.
Another good idea is to get regular eye exams, especially if you are over the age of 60 or if you wear contact lenses. Getting an eye exam once or twice a year is what the experts recommend. However, if you are at risk, you ought to consider getting the exam done more often. Risk factors include family history of eye problems, having a prior eye injury, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Eye exams generally cost around $50, but as they say, an ‘ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’!
Finally, you must always protect your eyes when you are in a potentially injurious situation. Thus, always wear protective eye wear when necessary (for example, weed-whacking, power washing the house, using a circular saw to cut wood, etc.). And when you are done working, always wash your hands before touching your eyes.
Follow these simple, common sense tips and you will increase your odds of maintaining good vision for life. And if you find yourself in The Matrix, don’t forget to wear your Neo sunglasses or Morpheus sunglasses! (sorry…shameless plug!)