Protecting Your Vision at Home: Tips for Eye Safety

Oct 1, 2023

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We all know that certain activities such as playing sports or doing manual labor require protective eyewear, but have you ever considered the potential dangers lurking in your own home? From staring at computer screens to doing household chores, we’re constantly exposing our eyes to potential risks. And as more people work remotely and spend more time at home, it’s crucial to take steps to protect our vision. In this post, we’ll share some simple things you can do to protect your eyesight while at home. 

1. Ensure proper lighting 

Having proper lighting in your home is important, especially when you’re reading or working on the computer. Poor lighting can strain your eyes and give you headaches, which can lead to more eye problems. Make sure you place lights somewhere where they don’t reflect off your computer screen. If you spend a lot of time working on your computer, you might want to think about getting an anti-glare filter. 

2. Be careful with cleaning products 

When you’re cleaning around the house, always remember to wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your eyes and even cause blindness. Also, never mix cleaning solutions because it can lead to dangerous chemical reactions that can further damage your eyesight. 

3. Take breaks from screens 

While screens are hard to avoid completely, too much screen time can take a toll on your eyes. Throughout the day, give your eyes a break by looking away from your computer. Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and stare at something 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Also, make sure to adjust the screen brightness and contrast to a level that feels comfortable for your eyes. This will help prevent eye strain and fatigue. 

4. Wear protective eyewear 

If you’re doing any manual work around the house, like cutting wood, doing yard work, or painting, make sure you always wear protective eyewear. This includes safety glasses, goggles, or face shields to keep your eyes safe from debris and harmful chemicals. Also, don’t forget to wear protective eyewear when playing sports or engaging in other physical activities, such as cycling or swimming. 

5. Keep your environment clean 

Allergens and other irritants can make their way into your home and wreak havoc on your eyes. Cleaning your house at least once a week can help get rid of many allergens that can irritate your eyes. Additionally, you may want to consider getting an air purifier or investing in filters for your air conditioning system to help reduce allergens.  

Following these tips can go a long way in protecting your eyes and ensuring good eye health. Remember to also practice good hygiene and frequently wash your hands. And if you ever have any eye discomfort or pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an eye exam. We hope these tips will help you keep your eyes healthy for many years to come!