There's nothing like a good page-turner. So, with our helpful tips, make sure your next reading session isn't cut short by any contact lens catastrophes.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures, and many of us engage in it on a daily basis. If you're halfway through a magazine, or reading the news on your iPad, you will want to make sure you're not straining or irritating your eyes.
On that point, we have compiled a list of eye-care tips for the next time you pick up a book or tablet.
Use the proper contact lenses
This one may seem self-evident, but it's critical to make sure you're using contact lenses with the correct prescription for every aspect of your day, not just reading.
Wearing contact lenses with the incorrect prescription puts strain in your eyes, as they must work harder to comprehend any hazy or distorted vision.
If it's been a while since your previous appointment, or if you have any worries about whether you're wearing the proper lenses, it's highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with an optometrist. Here, at Malaya Optical, we always open for our customer which have any eye problems, can book an appointment with us here.
Take breaks from reading on a regular basis
Reading for lengthy periods of time while using contact lenses can cause eye strain and fatigue, which can lead to more significant problems down the road. As a result, it's critical to take frequent breaks from reading to rest your eyes. Put the book down after each chapter and take a walk about the home to allow your eyes to focus on something other than the page.
Maintain eye contact with the book by holding it at eye level
If you read at an odd angle for a lengthy period of time, it might strain your eyes and cause discomfort. Hold your reading device at eye level or just below eye level, whether it's a book or a tablet. This is the ideal reading position to keep your eyes feeling fresh as you move from one page to the next.
Always remember to blink
If you're reading on a Kindle, iPad or tablet, you could find that you're forgetting to blink as often as you normally would when reading.
This, like any digital screen use, dehydrates your eyes and if done frequently enough, can lead to dryness and inflammation.
If contact lens wearers fail to blink for an extended period of time, their lenses may begin to dry out.
Fortunately, there is a simple rule to follow when reading to keep your eyes healthy and fresh. The 20-20-20 rule states that you should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and stare at anything 20 feet away across the room.
This will allow your eyes to return to their normal blink rate, allowing your eyes and contact lenses to rehydrate. We've put together a handy reference on the negative consequences of digital screen use on your eyes. When you wear contact lenses, your eyes might become dry, making them irritated and painful. Keep reading more topics about our eyes and also to maintain our eye health. Stay in touch!