We’ve long been touting the necessity of protecting your eyes; our company exists to promote that protection in the first place. Imagine our delight and surprise to learn that Reader’s Digest recently joined the fight. They jumped on board and shared some ways to keep your eyes safe.
What Reader’s Digest Had to Say
As Reader’s Digest noted, “When you stare at computers (or devices like smartphones and tablets) for too long, the muscles in your eyes have to work overtime. And ‘like any muscle, if you’re constantly using it, it can break down,’” says James Stringham, PhD, research professor at the University of Georgia. Given the amount of time we all spend staring at a digital device, it makes sense that one of the biggest publications of all time would want to help spread the recommendation.
Words to Live By
Some of their best advice includes:
Eating leafy greens, corn, and orange peppers,
The advice shared focused on the problems with America’s collective diet. Our unbalanced approach leads to an unbalanced body. To even things out they suggest bringing in an extra helping of vegetables like those listed above. Doing so can only help, regardless of your current diet, and will certainly help your eyes.
Taking supplements if leafy greens aren’t your thing
Of course, not everyone likes vegetables (hence the problem with American diets). Many supplements that offer comparable nutritional benefits exist. If you don’t like veggies, don’t neglect the necessary nutrients they offer you, and the eye health stemming therefrom!
Practicing the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20+ feet away for 20 seconds)
This bit of advice, as often as it gets repeated, bears repeating again. Allowing your eyes to focus on something away from the screen, in the distance, for a few seconds every 20 minutes helps you reset. Practicing this rule keeps your eyes strong and focused.
Limiting your exposure to artificial blue light
We play this note often. We figure, the more we say it, and the more reputable sources (like Reader’s Digest) who support us, the more people will eventually take action to improve their ocular health, and avoid the harmful effects of artificial blue light.
Wearing reading and blue-blocking glasses. (Wouldn’t you know it, we have those!)
The Growing Movement!
Reader’s Digest joining the fight to save America’s eyes represents a significant boost to the movement. The more awareness of the importance of eye protection from technology raises, the more people with healthier, happier lives. Perhaps reading this you found yourself realizing that you can improve in some of these areas. If so, it worked! Comment below some ways you’ve found work well to protect your eyes so we can share them in future posts. And, check back soon for more news, tips, and products.