Tips for general good vision

The following tips can help you reduce eyestrain and keep your eyes healthy and your vision as clear as possible.

  • Provide good light for reading, work, or study (soft background light plus a light on your task).
  • Take regular breaks from close work and visually demanding tasks. Blink often, and close and rest your eyes when they feel tired or dry.
  • Avoid glare on TV and computer screens. Place your TV or computer screen where lights do not reflect on the screen. Some people find it easier to work on a computer in a dimly lit room. And some people use special nonglare screens that fit over the computer screen.
  • Wear proper eye safety equipment for hazardous tasks.
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes from excessive ultraviolet light from the sun, which increases the risk of cataracts.
  • Keep your blood pressure under control. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes.
  • Avoid smoke and other things that irritate your eyes.

Last Updated: November 5, 2009

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