How to Make Your Home a Safe Haven for Your Eyes

November 14th, 2018

If you’re looking for ways to improve your eye health, the first thing you can do is start with your home environment. Since we eat, sleep and live in our homes, it’s important to ensure our house is providing an adequate amount of comfort for our eyes, rather than contributing to the problem.

Here are six ways to make your home a safe haven for healthy eyes:

Use a humidifier and air filter

Overly dry eyes can cause irritation and discomfort. One environmental factor that can cause severely dry eyes is air quality. In order to keep your eyes moist and clear — no matter where you live — cleaning the air in your home is key. There are two ways to achieve cleaner air. The first is by using an air filter and changing it often and the second way is to use a humidifier, which will “add moisture to dry air.” [1]

Limit computer and TV time

It’s almost inevitable to avoid excessively using a computer, television or cell phone, but there are temporary effects that can cause some discomfort. “Fatigue, dry eyes, bad lighting, or how you sit in front of these screens can cause eyestrain.” [2] To help avoid these symptoms, be sure to limit your use of electronics with blue light screens.

Put your eye care supplements where you can see them

Even though lubricant eye drops can help keep your eyes hydrated, the effect is typically temporary. To support your eyes over time, try our innovative supplement, O3+Maqui, that helps combat dry eye symptoms by combining Omega-3 and MaquiBright into one resourceful softgel.

Conveniently keep your sunglasses by the door

How many times do you go outside every day? Whether you’re walking the dog, watering the garden, or taking in some fresh air, it’s important to wear your sunglasses outside during the day. Not wearing sunglasses can “cause short- and long-term eye damage,” according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, [3] and could decrease your overall vision and eye health. To avoid this kind of damage, keep a pair of sunglasses by the door. This will help to encourage you to conveniently put them on every time you head outside.

Keep fresh and healthy foods in your house

Did you know that eating certain foods can help increase your eye health? Fresh kale can “lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts,” omega-3 in salmon can reduce your risk of eye disease, oranges and citrus fruit can help delay a decrease in vision, and zinc in black-eyed peas can “protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.” [4]

Keep eye drops on hand

Whether your eyes are uncomfortable because of pollution, overuse of electronics or because of your health, using a lubricating eye dry drop will help satisfy the need for eye moisture. Focus Laboratories offers our FRESHKOTE Preservative Free Lubricant Eye Drops, which can temporarily relieve dry eye discomfort through gentle hydration.

 

References
[1] https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/dry-eye-tips
[2] https://www.preventblindness.org/computers-and-your-eyes
[3] https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/top-sunglasses-tips
[4] https://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/four-fantastic-foods
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