Are you tired of having dry, irritated eyes? Or perhaps constantly suffering from headaches due to long hours spent in front of a screen? If so, it's time to make some changes this spring and take better care of your eyes. Here are 4 tips and habits for healthier eyes this spring.

1. Beware of the sun.

In a cloudy city like Pittsburgh, it's easy to forget to wear a hat, apply sunscreen, and wear sunglasses. Who needs them, right? We all do because UV rays can penetrate both clouds and glass. While sunscreen will help protect your skin, a hat, and sunglasses are important for eye protection. By reducing the sun's UV rays exposure, you will reduce your risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and other eye problems.

2. Report redness.

Redness, itching, and teary eyes are all symptoms associated with allergies, but they can also be symptoms of eye infection, dry eye disease, or other inflammatory problems. Rather than assume the symptoms are nothing, it's best to report them to your eye doctor and schedule a quick exam. When it comes to our vision, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Don't forget protective eyewear.

As the weather warms up, we're all likely to spend more time outside. Some of us will play recreational sports, and some of us will work in our garages or yards. Either way, these activities and more all have the potential to cause serious eye injuries. That's why you should always make sure to protect your eyes by wearing appropriate protective eyewear that fits properly before engaging in them. This will reduce your risk of being in an accidental eye injury that requires hospitalization - and which may compromise your vision.

4. Wash those hands.

Allergens and germs alike can reach your eyes via your hands, which many of us use to rub our faces throughout the day. Allergies can cause eye symptoms such as:

  • Redness
  • A burning sensation
  • Swelling
  • Grittiness
  • Itching
  • Blurry vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

Regular hand washing can help remove infection-causing germs and irritating pollen throughout the day—although it's best not to rub red and itchy eyes at all! Washing your hands regularly is a simple yet effective way to keep your eyes healthy and prevent potential eye infections.

Choose Everett & Hurite for Better Eye Health

These four simple tips for healthy vision can make your spring season much more comfortable. Remember: if you are experiencing any odd symptoms or have any follow-up questions about this advice, contact us today to ask about available appointments with our team. Our staff is here to make sure your spring season is as healthy and comfortable as possible!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I maintain healthy eyes while wearing contact lenses?

It is important to properly clean and store contacts according to the instructions given by your eye doctor. Also, always have backup glasses in case of irritation or infection. If you experience any discomfort or changes in vision while wearing contacts, contactEverett & Huriteimmediately.

How does a healthy diet benefit my eyes?

A healthy diet rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E can help prevent eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Additionally, consuming healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids can improve eye health and reduce the risk of dry eyes.

What are some ways to relieve digital eye strain?

Take breaks from screens every 20 minutes and blink frequently to relieve digital eye strain and eye fatigue. Adjusting the screen's brightness and using artificial tears can also help. To prevent future eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.