eye-healthWith the rising temperatures and the lowering humidity, it can be easy to find that your eyes become dry. If your eyes have felt dry, or even if your vision has not been as sharp as it once was, it may be time to schedule an eye exam to make sure that your eye health is at its best for the coming months.

Your Eye Health is a Priority

Know the symptoms of dry eye—If your tears do not adequately hydrate your eyes, you may experience any of the following symptoms that can affect your eye health: pain, sensitivity to light, feeling as if there is sand in your eye, redness, or blurry vision.

Limit your use of electronics, screens, and computers—Dry eye is often caused by electronic use. Staring at a computer, a television, or a phone screen can dry out your eyes, so our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend that you limit the number of hours you spend looking at a screen each day in order to have optimal eye health.

Try the 20-20-20 rule—If you absolutely cannot avoid screens because of your job or other responsibilities, try the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, take a 20-second break and focus on something that is at least 20 feet away from you. This will help to keep your eyes hydrated, focused, and clear.

Amp up the humidity—To combat the dry air in Arizona, you can try other methods to make sure that your eyes are properly hydrated. Air humidifiers can help to increase the humidity in the air, and artificial tears can lubricate your eyes so that they do not feel as dry.

Ensure your eye health for the summer by combating dry eye! To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule your annual eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.