Out of all the senses, our eyes are the ones we use the most to learn. In fact, 80% of our learning comes from our eyes. Yet, most people don’t consider them when thinking about body health. Our eyes can be just as easily damaged as any part of our skin, and the protection of them should be taken more seriously. Here we’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to protect your eyes all year round.

  1. Wear Sunglasses

Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses have been proven to block UV rays that are harmful to your eyes. UV rays penetrate through our atmosphere, through clouds, they reflect off of glass and snow, and they are beaming down on us every day, all year long.

One of the most effective ways to stop the rays from doing damage is sunglasses, especially polarized ones. They should be worn even on cloudy days, as the sun rays penetrate regardless. Our eyes can burn just like skin tissue, and this can lead to an enormous amount of problems down the line such as cataracts, blurriness and other vision related issues.

  1. Set Screen Limitations & Take Short Breaks

Set limitations on the screens that you use every day. Smartphones and computers have invaded our lives, and more and more people are using them for longer periods of time each day. While the amount of time we spend using our tech is another debate altogether, the damage it can cause our eyes if used improperly is tremendous. There are ways to reduce the chances of eye issues, although age is a factor that can’t change, doing something now can increase the viability of your eyes longer into your life.

Setting aside a certain amount of time that you will spend looking at screens, taking short breaks every 20-30 minutes, even if it’s just for a few seconds will put less strain on your eyes. Even just using your phone a few inches further away from your face can affect your eyes in the long run. All of these things help to minimize eye damage and prolong the quality of vision you want.

  1. Go to Your Local Optometrist

Go to your local optometrist. Optometrists are vision specialists and can help you decide if you need to buy glasses, contact lenses, or need any general eye health. They also offer eye exams which should be taken every 1-2 years, to check up on your eyes and detect any early signs of eye diseases and vision problems.