Why you need to check your eyes once a year – Optometrist
An Optometrist at the Ultimate Eye Clinic, Lagos, Dr Emeka Iwuala, has stressed the need for a regular eye test to check the underlying problems in the eyes.
In an interview with our correspondent, Iwuala said some eyes diseases like glaucoma don’t have signs and symptoms and can develop in the eyes without the patient knowing.
“The reason we do preach that people should check their eyes at least once in a year is that there might be some underlining problems in the eyes which one can’t know without going for an eye test.
“Your vision might be good, but your ocular health may be very poor and you can’t judge ocular health with the way you see. That is why we recommend that even if you see very well, you need to check your eyes at least once in a year,” Iwuala said.
He also noted that exposing of the eyes to computers and phones for longer periods can cause computer vision syndrome because they emit ultraviolet light which is dangerous to the eyes.
“Some people can stay all day on phone and computer, and this can lead to a situation where they will start feeling strain around the eyes, while for some people it comes with a headache.
“What we advise people that spend much time on the computer is for them to get an anti-reflective coated lens which will help them to reduce the amount of rays that enter the eyes from the computer,” Iwuala noted.
The Optometrist also advised people who work on the system for a longer time on a daily basis to practice the 20:20:20 step, which means working for 20 minutes on the system, staying away 20 feet from the system for 20 seconds. He also advised people not to spend more than three hours on a computer at a stretch so as not to cause injury to the eyes.
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