Riverhead: (631) 727-2858

Southold: (631) 765-3092

Westhampton Beach: (631) 283-0220

Coram: (631) 732-0822

East Setauket: (631) 675-6909

East Setauket

East Setauket 23 Technology Dr. Suite 5

East Setauket, NY 11733-4072 United States

(631) 675-6909

Coram Office

3650 Rte 112, Suite 101

Coram, NY 11727 United States

(631) 732-0822

Westhampton Beach Office

200 Montauk Highway

Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 United States

(631) 283-0220

Southhold Office

44210 Route 48, Unit 1 P.O. Box 463

Southold, NY 11971 United States

(631) 765-3092

Riverhead Office

887 Old Country Road Suite K-L

Riverhead, NY 11901 United States

(631) 727-2858

Protecting Your Eyes

Image of a man wearing goggles while cutting wood.

Of our five senses, humans rely on vision most strongly. Our everyday experience of the world is colored by our ability to see, our memory draws heavily upon visual information, and many activities of daily living are challenging without sight. As a result, it is essential to protect your eyes from damage. Regular visits to an eye care provider allow you to receive a professional eye exam that checks for damage due to inadequate eye protection.

Eye Strain

Americans are spending more time than ever in front of screens. From checking email on smartphones to staring at a computer screen in your office to watching TV in the evenings, too much screen use can cause eye strain. Experts recommend taking at least five minutes per hour to relax your eyes and alleviate strain. Go for a brief walk or focus on distant objects to reduce eye strain before returning to the task at hand.

Dust, Wind, and other Environmental Stressors

It is easy for eyes to become damaged by windy conditions, blowing dust, air pollutants, and other small particles in the air. When facing dusty or windy conditions, eye drops or safety glasses can protect your eyes from damage. Contact wearers should opt for glasses to prevent particles from irritating the surface of your eyes. Whenever possible, stay indoors on very windy or dusty days to prevent eye damage. If your eyes become very irritated, visit the eye doctor for a thorough optometry exam and treatment recommendations.

Sun Protection

Everyone knows that UV rays cause sunburns, but did you know that UV exposure damages your eye tissue as well? Lengthy, intense exposure to UV rays may increase your risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye conditions that affect your vision. To stay safe, find a pair of sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Darker lenses or more expensive styles do not always translate to better UV protection. When possible, choose wrap-around styles that do not let light in from the side. Sunglasses are not just for summertime or bright days -- UV damage can occur year-round and can be especially bad during the wintertime when sunlight reflects off of ice and snow.

In general, the best policy is to avoid taking chances with your eye health. Wear proper protection when heading outside, playing sports, and working with dangerous tools or chemicals. Your eyes are designed to last a lifetime; treat them well, and you can avoid major vision problems that affect everyday life.

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