Not resting your eyes periodically
We spend a lot of time staring at screens—from being on the computer in the office to watching Netflix at night—and sometimes, we might forget to rest our eyes (playing games on your phone doesn't count!). What you can do is, after checking out your cart or finishing an episode of that K-Drama you’re bingeing on, head to the kitchen to get a drink or play with your pet to give your eyes a much-needed break.
Sitting too close to your computer screen
So you’re shopping online and need to see all the details of that bag before you pull out your card. We get it. But that doesn’t mean you should go so close to the screen that you could kiss it. Instead of going nearer and squinting, hit CTRL and + a few times. This will up the zoom level on most browsers. To zoom out again, just hit CTRL and -.
Skipping regular eye checks
You might be using your glasses or contact lenses regularly, but that doesn’t mean your lens degree can’t change. Go for regular eye check-ups, especially if you notice that your vision is no longer as clear as it was. If you find it costly to change your glasses each time, some shops allow you to switch out the lenses for new ones, so you don’t have to fork out money for new frames. If you still have blurry vision although your lens degree hasn’t changed, visit a doctor to get your eyes checked out.
Not cleaning your contact lenses
This one’s for contact lens users: we hope you’ve been diligently cleaning those lenses after every use. While it’s tempting to just soak your lenses in solution overnight without rubbing them, this allows bacteria to build up, which can lead to an eye infection!
Not getting enough nutrients
Research has found that foods such as fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables contain nutrients that are beneficial to your eyes. Algae-derived natural astaxanthin (also found in red seafood) can reduce UV-induced oxidative damage to your retina and help your eye muscles relax from overwork. Its antioxidant power is 6000 times stronger than vitamin C and 800 times stronger than CoQ10. Since most people do not get enough astaxanthin in their diet (unless you eat kilograms of salmon every day!), you may want to get it from supplements such as Astavita® Healthy Living Antioxidants.
Working your whole body out—except your eyes
You might have your fitness routine down pat, but don’t forget about your eyes. Here's an easy exercise you can try to improve your eye health: blink rapidly for 15 seconds, and repeat four times. You can also use your palms to massage your eyes—with your eyes closed, of course.
Exposing eyes to too much blue light
Blue light isn't just bad for your skin, but also your eyes. Blue light is everywhere—with the sun being the main source—but it’s also emitted from your phone and TV screens, as well as fluorescent and LED lighting. While you can’t block out the sun, you can protect yourself by applying an anti-blue light screen protector on your phone and screens. After all, you probably spend more time on your phone and computer than the TV. If you're consuming supplements, look for those containing ingredients that reduces blue light damage such as astaxanthin, which is found in Astavita® Healthy Living Antioxidants. This ingredient reduces damage caused by blue light and relieves eye strain due to blue light exposure.
Not wearing sunglasses out
You won’t only be making a fashion statement, but also protecting your eyes from blue light and UV damage from the sun. Put on a pair of sunnies when you’re headed out for lunch—or even when you’re commuting to and from the office—to look good and keep your eyes healthy.
Not wearing glasses when you’re supposed to
Wearing glasses and lenses all day can be uncomfortable, so it's tempting to go without them sometimes (especially when you're just chilling at home). But if you want to take a break from wearing glasses or contact lenses, make sure you’re not doing any activities that require you to strain your eyes, such as reading.
Consuming too much junk food or alcohol
Junk food and alcohol aren’t just bad for your waistline, their toxic metabolic wastes also increases your chances of getting age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and above. You might think you have two decades before you have to start worrying about that, but the truth is, it might be too late then. With the right supplements, you can proactively neutralise such damage from your occasional indulgence. Try Astavita® Healthy Living Antioxidants, which contains AstaReal natural astaxanthin—a strong antioxidant that protects your eyes while maintaining skin health at the same time.